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Our experience has shown that stroke survivors need a variety of daily activities and exercises in order to recover their speech and independence. In this day and age, almost no one gets enough therapy, especially for severe stroke and brain injury. People need more than professional therapy and physical care. They need special help and daily tools and exercises to help them regain their former abilities.

Families can learn how to do much of this on their own--if they have the right methods, guides and tools. Our Speech Recovery Portal includes the Whole Speech Practice Kit. All our programs, courses, guides and materials are based on a neuroplastic approach using the Sensory Trigger Method. It may sound very technical but it's not. The method uses very natural movements and touch to trigger speech in the undamaged areas in the brain.

Speech is learned in the same way we learned it when we were very young. In fact, in the Sensory Trigger Method we are reactivating neurological speech pathways from early childhood. Our developmental approach works quickly because the whole brain has deep memories of how it learned to talk in the first place. How to tap into these memories has been a mystery until now. We use touch to literally tap into speech.

We start with the most meaningful words and the easiest words. This is the semantic approach instead of a simply phonemic approach. A recent clinical study showed that the semantic approach was the most effective in speech recovery. It seems that the right brain prefers whole words to words that have been broken up into parts and then have to be reassembled to say them. It is actually easier to say a whole word that means something than the parts which aren't connected to meaning. The touch signal connects what is heard and seen and sends signals that search for an identical match in what the person sees and hears with their inner voice and vision. The memory of that touch signal is stored in a new place and a new "brain map" is created. With practice the words can be triggered with touch signals and later on can be recalled and spoken spontaneously.

In addition to all the tools in the portal, the online Sensory Trigger coaching sessions train you how to use neuroplasticity to make new pathways in the brain for speech. Most important, they can provide daily speech practicethe most effective and natural way to recover speech in daily living.

Let's Talk!

Explore over 130 spoken anchor words found in daily living in this software program. Practice with pictures and human voice sound and expand skills with a natural sounding text-to-voice reader. The anchor words are then expanded, branching out to frequently spoken phrases and sentences. With over 250 changeable talking worksheets and onscreen activities you can progress from words to phrases to talking in sentences with the over 400 talking phrases and sentences. It includes a 1000 Core Words “talking dictionary to help you make talking worksheets and expand onscreen exercises you can make yourself for unlimited word practice and sentence making. Add family names, hobbies and sentences they are having difficulty with like Close the curtains and Take my medicine.(Over 1600 spoken words in the program plus any that you add.)

The program works well with speech therapy and rehab, at a care center or at home. This multi-sensory program, many have said things like, "It made the difference", It got us over the humpand This is the best and most practical program we have used. Award-winning design.

Let's Talk has two main themes: Things Around the House and Parts of the Body. For Example, you decide to explore the rooms in the house and you go to "kitchen". There you will find all kinds of foods. If you already have worked on these words in speech therapy, you probably could repeat the words, but didn't apply them in your life. You also were working with the damaged side of the brain. This program plants these words in the undamaged side of your brain where they can take root and grow into spontaneous speech.

As you click on the pictures and use your hand to move the mouse or use the touch screen or pad to operate the program, you will train signals to go to the other side of the brain. Practice the words with pictures and the sound of human voice, then begin to write the words. The program uses the Sensory Trigger Method which make the touch signals come BEFORE the specially timed sound cue. (See Sensory Trigger Method). It is easy for even severe aphasics to operate independently. Once these "anchor words" are planted in the other side (the undamaged) of the brain, more words will be attached to them as they progress through the higher levels.

This program combines well with speech therapy as well as working independently at home. With insurance paying for such a small amount of therapy these days, this program provides therapy that is intensive and on-going. Also, many who have had unsuccessful therapy sessions before, have been able to return to therapy with more success after using this program.

More about Let's Talk: We added over 400 new conversational sentences. The sentences use the Let's Talk "anchor" words and are changeable so you can make them either easier or more challenging. Higher levels use new natural sounding "Text-to-Voice" readers.— This enables you to create your own talking speech practice screens with matching worksheets or individualize the program screens, adding new words to match individual needs, skill level and interests. You can even get a British voice reader so you can change how the program sounds. There have been many requests from our friends in the UK for a British version-- now we can provide that.

Speech Bridge

This program retrains the alternate hand to help access new patterning in the brain for speech, while learn how to write in both printed letters and cursive. Already a splash hit, Speech Bridge includes: A-Z key words, feelings, actions, opposites, colors and numbers. Like all our programs, it is based on the most frequently used words in speech— but uses a different set of key words than the Let's Talk program. All the activities talk using the natural sounding text-to-voice feature and you can add your own words and expand to phrases and sentences---all will have this voice feature. Focusing on tracing, then writing and finally typing---one can regain all these functional language skills even if they can't hold a pen yet! Tracing can be done with the index finger of the hand. It may not seem possible, but going through this process will give them the ability to regain these lost skills and open up opportunities to use other computer-based resources like other computer programs that don't have speech: documents, articles online, email, Face book, PowerPoint, and pdf files. We have noticed a strong trend that when the writing comes back so does the speech! This is because tracing, writing and even typing make new pathways in the brain for speech recovery. Each of these make pathways in a different way, so don't skip ahead to typing; start with tracing and holding a pen and then go on to writing and then typing last. Of the three, tracing and writing are the most powerful. Core Words, talking dictionary is included in this program, the same as Let's Talk, giving you over 1000 of the most frequently spoken words to work with.

Remember—even though some of this might seem impossible right now, if you stick with it and follow the steps, these skills are possible to regain. This program may be used along with of Let's Talk or after you've finished Let's Talk.

Speech Tree – sentence making program

Speech Tree mimics the way that the brain puts sentences together. In the mind, every word is linked to every other word. This makes it possible for the mind to make thousands of combinations from just a basic set of core words. Basic communication can be accomplished with about 700 wordsbut those 700 or so words are connected to thousands of other words. In this program we put together sets of related words linked by common verbs. Without verbs we can't really talk. With brain injury, many times a person can develop a one-word way of communication---or maybe they get half-way through the sentence they want to say and then become stuck. Basic sentence structures and combinations can be practiced so complete sentences— complete thoughts can be formed and said.

Beyond that, an injured brain needs to learn a way to put this together. Speech Tree does this. The program is capable of creating hundreds of sentence combinations using only very basic vocabulary. Using the text-to-voice Reader, the Sensory Trigger is activated by using the mouse (or touch) to highlight the word or words. Then, press the button to hear the sound of the words. Sample sentences make entry into this more advanced program easy enough for those who are not yet talking in sentences or get stuck on the verbs. Then it is up to you to go beyond and put the new combinations together.

Beginning combinations are given for you but you can find more combination on each Speech Tree. Later you can do more and make your own talking speech trees. As is the other programs, all the screens can be downloaded and printed out so you can work on paper.

Pathway to Speech Recovery Guide

Based on years of research, this is the essential piece of the puzzle you need to have this guide so that you aren't just planting them in front of a computer program, but really understanding what you are doing and how it can be done in everyday activities away from the computer. Explaining how and why this approach works when others fail, this guide will help you understand what "family assisted stroke recovery" is and how you can help your family member talk again. This guide has often been called "extremely helpful!"

Your family can now help your loved one talk again whether they are at home or in a care facility. However, it only takes one dedicated family member to set this up and make it happen. The guide includes the Keys to the Sensory Trigger Method. Here you will find the solutions for success all laid out for you.

Barbara Dean Schacker also discovered many different things that block speech. These have been largely unknown or overlooked. Ways to overcome “speech blocks” along solutions that work are discussed in the guide. No more feelings of hopelessness or helplessness!

“The Power is in Your Hands!”

The Caregiver Guide Whether recovering at home or in a care facility, this guide provides essential information about the specific needs of stroke patients. More important, the guide is a frank explanation of information your doctor may not have provided you with or that the care facility needs to do in order to support stroke recovery. New treatments and some alternative treatments available to stroke survivors are also given in the guide, so families can have a starting point for their own research and decision making. Described as "very helpful", this guide will save you a lot of heart ache, time and moneyand alternative and integrated therapies are discussed in this guide. Most important is the environment that you create for recovery. This guide helps you create the right environment for the best recovery possible. The Caregiver guide is included in the kits or order as a download.

Rebuilding the Body After Stroke How is it that we have over 800,000 strokes in the U.S. every year? What causes an otherwise healthy person to have a stroke? What is wrong with our diet? What natural supplements can enhance recovery? After a stroke, a person must rebuild their body. The brain controls so many functions in the body, a stroke can cause general weakness and depression that prevents or at least interferes with the recovery of functionality and speech.

More important, brain cells often continue to die after the stroke, due to lack of oxygen and nourishment. A healing diet is not difficult to accomplish. It usually involves just a few changes. New supplements have been found that increase oxygen, circulation and nourishment to strengthen cell walls to promote healing in the brain while improving memory and cognition. No matter how good your therapy is, your body and brain may not recover fully without enhanced nutrition and supplementation. What is good for prevention is also good for recovery, so the whole family will be interested in the lifestyle changes that might prevent anyone else from having a stroke. It is Stroke Family's goal to provide education to reduce the number of strokes, not only in the U.S., but worldwide. The research is ALL THERE--we just haven't put it all together and done something about it. The guide includes gentle exercises and how to treat depression naturally. This guide puts it all together. Hospital food is typically really deficientthis will help find out what supplements and changes in diet are safe and proven to help stroke and brain injury recovery. This guide is included in the kits or order as a download.

The Sensory Trigger: Re-patterning the Brain for Speech After Stroke and Head-injury The explanation of how the Sensory Trigger Method was discovered and how it corresponds to scientific research supporting the Sensory Trigger Method, used in all Stroke Family programs and materials. Discoveries in brain research, kinesthetic learning and brain mapping explain how the brain can make new pathways for speech after a stroke. A unique synthesis of information with far-reaching implications is based on over 30 years of research. By Barbara Dean Schacker

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