Increasing difficulty with communicating is one of the characteristics of certain neurological conditions, like Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and some other types of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD). Although communication might only be mildly impacted at first, it usually becomes harder to communicate as the condition progresses. An augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device can allow you to continue to communicate even if your condition makes verbal speech more difficult.
Lingraphica AAC or speech-generating devices use pre-programmed icons, which combine an image, a written word or phrase, and verbal output – meaning that the device says it aloud. The images are realistic drawings or real pictures, so they are easy to understand and identify. The devices are specifically designed for people with aphasia and other language impairments, so they are simple and easy to use. Because the system is picture-based, it is not necessary to be able to read or write in order to use the device.
Devices come pre-programmed with many common words and phrases, but they are also simple to program. This means it’s easy to add in icons that are meaningful and can help you achieve your goals, whether that’s staying connected with friends and family, participating in a hobby, or maintaining independence at home and in the community. Because the devices are so easy to program, they are also easy to change and modify as your communication needs change. The device can be programmed to prioritize the most important and meaningful messages within the library of words and phrases. If the system becomes too complex, some folders can simply be hidden to allow the user to focus on a reduced number of choices.
If communicating with drawings and pictures is easier, Lingraphica has also made that easy. The devices feature a digital whiteboard and a built-in camera, so you can share your message and document your activities easily.
Unfortunately, conditions such as PPA and FTD do often progress, making verbal speech increasingly difficult. However, Lingraphica AAC devices also offer the ability to record your own voice for future use. You can record yourself saying messages, names, and personal anecdotes that are important to you. Having your own voice to communicate your most important messages can be especially meaningful for you and your loved ones.