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Sensory Trigger Method

Barbara Dean Schacker, Author
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What can you do when speech therapy has ended or when you have stopped progressing with speech therapy? It's a fact that most people just don't get enough speech therapy. Insurance usually won't cover the ongoing intensive treatment that is needed and with cuts to medicaid and medicare you now get only a few sessions. This infrequent and short-term approach almost never works. It takes daily practice and a longer time frame for the brain to relearn how to talk. We've shown that by using the Sensory Trigger Method for speech recovery it's not only possible to regain speech, most people improve within 6 to 8 weeks of daily practice...and they can keep improving for up to 5 years and beyond. The Sensory Trigger approach for speech recovery often works even after years of frustration with aphasia and apraxia.

Our approach is different than any other. So if you are looking for a way to improve and regain speech on a daily basis, this can give you a new way to get your speech back! Find out what you can to do help your family member or your client breakthrough their speech barriers and start a new and exciting path to successful speech recovery.

~ Barbara Dean Schacker
Creator of the Sensory Trigger Method

Our "brain friendly" speech recovery programs and kits use the Sensory Trigger Method to tap into brain pathways from early childhood and the undamaged speech center on the other side of the brain. These special techniques are based on the brain research that shows that the other side of the brain can reconnect speech and that the brain can reorganize and allow the speech centers on the undamage side to grow new connections and work in a different way. This is called "brain plasticity".

We have effective, motivating ways to make new pathways in the brain to unlock speech. The Sensory Trigger Method uses the sense of touch in special ways that, with daily practice, remove blocks to speech recovery by making NEW connections in the brain while training signals to avoid going back to the damaged speech areas.


  • Uses all 3 sensory systems required for speech recovery: touch, sight and sound
  • Focus on being able to communicate one's needs, wants, feelings and thoughts.
  • Special Core Words vocabulary - Over 1000 most frequently spoken words - easiest to say words
  • Learn how to "unblock" your speech.
  • Natural sounding voice feature can be adjusted for speed and pacing.
  • Option for UK English speaker
  • Natural sounding voice app can be used on any document, web page, email
  • Add to the program content for personal names, addresses, expressions and interests
  • Change or add program content to advance as a person progresses
  • Activities to apply what is learned in the program to encourage spontaneous everyday speech.
  • Our programs now run on iPad, iPod, and medium-sized tablets as well as desktops and laptops
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    The difference between what we do
    and other programs is how
    sight, sound and touch
    are integrated into every activity
    to make new connections in the brain
    for speech recovery.

    Using the kinesthetic-tactile sensory
    neuro-pathways that connect from the
    hand to the speech center
    the Sensory Trigger Method really
    does break through speech barriers.

    Personal Sensory Trigger coaching sessions shows how to bring back speech with the Sensory Trigger techniques in everyday life situations, so you will go beyond the online programs. Sessions are for all levels and speech problems.

    Follow Michael's amazing speech recovery after a massive traumatic brain injury. Using the Sensory Trigger Method and programs, Michael recovered enough of his speech and writing to converse and help edit his second book. Watch the videos clips showing stages of his remarkable progress on the Demo page and read Michael's Recovery Story

    Combined with the use of the most frequently spoken words and conversational words, the method and materials take most of the frustration out of getting speech back. We have proved that even in "hopeless" cases, speech recovery is still possible using the Sensory Trigger Method. In addition, we have shown that the time frame for recovery is up to two years and beyond--not six months as previously believed. This is why we have had so much success, even with "untreatable" cases of aphasia. How Barbara Dean Schacker discovered the Sensory Trigger: Story of my father's amazing speech recovery.

    Studies have shown that "Intensive Speech Therapy" programs are 85% more effective than 1 or 2 times a week therapy sessions. Yet these programs are hard to find and are expensive. With our Whole Speech Practice Kits, families and therapists now have a way to provide intensive speech recovery programs, even when time with the patient is severely limited by insurance cut-offs or Medicare limitations. Our family friendly programs and materials bring everyone together. It is also now known that social and family interaction can make the difference between a person who recovers their speech and those who do not. The Sensory Trigger Method, is a daily, go-at-your-own-pace speech practice and interaction that really works. The Sensory Trigger Method and our Speech Practice Kits are easily integrated into speech therapy programs and aphasia support groups. Professionally evaluated and clinically tested.

    Evidence Base For the Sensory Trigger Method: Evidence base documents, articles, resources 

    The Sensory Trigger Method was clinically tested in 1991 by Larry A. Boles, M.S. CCC-SLP, University of California, Davis, Medical Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation -

    All participants who had previously plateaued and were considered "untreatable" with speech therapy,




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