A traumatic brain injury (TBI) can affect an individual in several ways. From difficulty with concentration and memory, to problems with vision, to changes in mood and emotion – a brain injury can cause many changes. Depending on the location and severity of the injury, some people also have difficulty communicating after a TBI. They might have trouble thinking of the words they need, or speech might be slurred. In more severe cases, they may speak only a few words or not at all. If communication is difficult following a TBI, an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) device can help.
Lingraphica AAC or speech-generating devices are designed to help people communicate when their speech is not enough. There are many devices and programs available to help people communicate; however, Lingraphica’s AAC devices are specifically designed to be easy to use – ideal for people who need a simple device because of a language impairment or cognitive changes.
The devices use a system of 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. Because the system is picture-based, it is accessible even if the user has difficulty reading or writing. The devices can be simplified to just provide a few choices at a time, or made more complex to provide access to a full library of words and phrases.
Lingraphica AAC 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 connecting with friends and family, participating in a hobby, or being more independent in the community. The best part? Because the icons use multiple types of stimulation, they help the brain to understand and use language. For some people, it’s easier to communicate with drawings and pictures. The devices make that easier than ever with a digital whiteboard and a built-in camera. And, for users who can type, the devices feature an easy text-to-speech option to communicate any idea on the spot.
Living with a brain injury can be challenging, and impacts everyone a little differently. Because Lingraphica devices are so easy to personalize, each device can be custom fit to the individual using it.