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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Not Just for Kids--TapToTalk is for Adults, Too

The same TapToTalk that helps thousands of children communicate is also used around the world to help adults with acute or chronic speech loss.

TapToTalk is frequently used for adults suffering from head injuries or stroke. Sudden loss of speech can be particularly disconcerting, and can compound the emotional impact of dealing with the loss of capability from head injury or stroke. Both the inability to communicate and the frustration and depression accompanying it can interfere with participating in treatment and with the speed of recovery.

Many have found that TapToTalk can help. TapToTalk can be put into service quickly and economically. In fact, the most frequent phrase we hear from family members is, "this is a no-brainer." And patients and their loved ones appreciate their ability to quickly customize TapToTalk with pictures of family members, treatment staff, and other personal and favorite items.

The devices we hear about most frequently for adults are the iPad and Nook Color. These devices are great because adults can do so many other things with them besides run TapToTalk, like reading and watching videos.

TapToTalk is, of course, also used by adults with chronic speech conditions, often the same ones that affect children. It can also help with progressive aphasia due to conditions associated with aging. It can be a great memory-jogger for those lost nouns, the ones that start to be replaced by pronouns.

For more information, see TapToTalk AAC for Adults - Blackjack Anyone? We've also created a TapToTalk web page just for adults.

If you have a TapToTalk idea or story you'd like us to share with other TapToTalk users, please email us at blog@taptotalk.com.

The TapToTalk Team
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