Accessible News For People With Aphasia!!

THIS A POST FROM ARC FACEBOOK BY CAROL DOW-RICHARDS. AND IT’S REALLY EXCITING NEWS. I DIDN”T EVEN EDIT IT…

Topic: FREE Accessible News for People with Aphasia
Where?
On your computer – using the web.
On Apple Products.
On Androids too!
Who?
Everyone should have access to news! And this makes a great resource for speech therapists or aphasia groups too – as it has questions for comprehension (or discussion). I can’t wait to use it with my Aphasia Lunch Bunch Group in Las Vegas!
How?
How do you get your news? Many people with aphasia find it’s difficult to enjoy the daily news because television news anchors talk too quickly and print news articles are too long.
Lingraphica just announced its specialized news source called TalkPath News, made for adults with aphasia. With multiple categories of news, you can select what you want to read and follow along as articles are read aloud and highlighted.
You can test your comprehension by answering the questions at the end of every article – making it a great way to work on your skills and work on continued recovery. This is a GREAT app!
Cost? FREE!
You can use TalkPath News for free on the web at http://www.talkpathnews.com
or by downloading the free app from the App Store or Google Play.
TalkPath News is Lingraphica’s first Android app.
Here are the links. Apple. Android. Web.
Check this out!
TalkPath News for Apple products:
https://itunes.apple.com/…/lingraphica-talkpa…/id1019273875…
TalkPath News for Android products: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details…
TalkPath News on the Web: http://www.talkpathnews.com
Next?
We love this product!
Try it. Then share your thoughts with other ARC members.
Together – we can learn and share.
And now – you can CONNECT with the news.
Let others know about this GREAT product!
THANK YOU LINGRAPHICA TEAM.

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Some Tips For Talking With People With Aphasia

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I found these online and thought they were good basic tips for communicating with people with aphasia. I’ve been interviewing  aphasic people, their caregivers and therapists and reading a lot of research. One comment I hear often is that we tend to talk down to people with aphasia or forget to include them in a group discussion.

Aphasia is a big subject in my book so I’d appreciate any comments or direction you might have for me in the comments. Thanks — Maureen

  • Make sure you have the person’s attention before communicating.
  • During conversation, minimize or eliminate background noise (such as television, radio, and other people) as much as possible.
  • Keep communication simple but at an adult level. Simplify your own sentence structure and reduce your own rate of speech. You don’t need to speak louder than normal but do emphasize key words. Don’t talk down to the person with aphasia.
  • Encourage and use other modes of communication (writing, drawing, yes/no responses, choices, gestures, eye contact, facial expressions) in addition to speech.
  • Give the person time to talk and let them have a reasonable amount of time to respond.
  • Avoid speaking for the person with aphasia except when necessary and ask permission before doing so.
  • Praise all attempts to speak; make speaking a pleasant experience and provide stimulating conversation. Downplay errors and avoid frequent criticisms/corrections. Avoid insisting that each word be produced perfectly.
  • Augment speech with gesture and visual aids whenever possible. Repeat a statement when necessary.
  • Encourage them to be as independent as possible. Avoid being overprotective.
  • Whenever possible continue normal activities (such as dinner with family, company, going out). Do not shield people with aphasia from family or friends or ignore them in a group conversation. Rather, try to involve them in family decision-making as much as possible.
  • Keep them informed of events but avoid burdening them with day to day details.

 

(Source: National Aphasia Association, http://www.aphasia.org).