Older adults now comprise about 14% of the United States population. As the population continues to age, that number is estimated to grow; by 2020, 12 million Americans are expected to need long-term care (LTC). Additionally, the prevalence of cognitive impairment among the older population has increased significantly over the past decade.
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The holidays are a time to gather with loved ones and celebrate everything the season has to offer. However, for someone careing for a loved one with aphasia or another communication disorder, it can also be a stressful time. Watch the video below for three tips you can share with caregivers so they can have a more enjoyable holiday season. If you want more great tips for helping caregivers navigate the holiday season, download the tips sheet at the end of the video.
Lingraphica's TalkPath Therapy platform has more than 11,500 speech, language, and cognitive exercises for patients and caregivers to use for free. What many don't know is that the specific exercises can be tailored together to create a custom homework plan for an individual. With thousands of exercises to choose from, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite ones. Take a look below!
A year ago Lingraphica launched its telepractice offering, TalkPath Live! Using the platform, I provide remote speech and language services for clients in the two states I am licensed to practice speech-language pathology in: New Jersey and New York (TalkPath Live's additional therapists are licensed in the other 48 states and also treat international clients). As a telepractice clinician I've learned a lot about myself and creative ways to treat clients.
As adults we spend the majority of our time talking about our interests and events. This communication forms the foundations of many of our relationships. While we know sharing our interests connects us with others, this information can be difficult to capture and implement for an augmentative and alternative (AAC) device user. However, it is possible! By organizing the AAC device's language system to reflect the client's top interests, it's allows the client more opportunities to connect with others.
Speech synthesis has come a long way since its early days of monotone voices and mispronounced words. Today’s synthetic voices, utilized in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices, have appropriate inflection, a variety of accents, and excellent pronunciation. Combined with using recordings from voice actors, a speech-generating device today has a very human feel to it. With these advancements, is it worthwhile to pursue “voice banking” – recording a patient’s own voice, creating a “bank” of words and phrases – for use in an AAC device? Here are some common questions and answers about voice banking.
The expectations of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) and clinicians today are higher than they’ve ever been before. With new challenges like increased productivity expectations, additional documentation, as well as the ongoing challenges of dealing with therapy caps, authorizations, and scheduling, SLPs often wonder how to add high-tech augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) to their to-do list.
By Denise McCall, MA, SLP-CCC
Imagine you’re a successful accountant running your own small business. Every day you manage budgets, address clients, and work hard to grow your business. During a stressful day you feel lightheaded and end up in the hospital. A doctor explains that you’ve had a stroke. Your words are jumbled and you have difficulty processing language. A second doctor tells you that you have aphasia.