Stroke and Speech Recovery Kits produce remarkable new
recoveries at home or in rehab.

Let's Talk
Speech Bridge

Speech Tree

Challenge Words
Pathway to Speech
Recovery Guide
Caregiver Guide

the Body

Sensory Trigger

Video Demo - Let's Talk     Video Demo - Speech Bridge - Level 1      Video Demo - Speech Tree

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 with stroke and brain-injury. They 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 Whole Speech Practice Kit, our Starter Kits are all based on the Sensory Trigger Method with our programs and guides train you how to recovery speech in daily living. Most important, they can provide daily speech practice—the most effective way to recover speech.

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”. 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 hump” and “This is the best and most practical program we have used”. Award-winning design. How is it different from "Speech Tree" program?
Content includes rooms in a house that you explore. As you click on the pictures and use your hand to move the mouse 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 has no distracting sounds and has adult oriented graphics. 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 tracing sheets and other materials.
This program works well with speech therapy or for working independently at home. With insurance paying for such a small amount of therapy these days, this program makes the therapy you do get, more effective or fills the bill when therapy is cut off prematurely. Also, many who have had unsuccessful therapy sessions, have been able to return to therapy with more success when combining 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. The new version also makes it easier to add and use new natural sounding "Text-to-Voice" readers—the free download comes with the program. This enables you to create your own talking speech practice screens with matching worksheets or individualize the program screens, adding new words to to match individual needs, skill level and interests. You can 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 quickly provides motivation to retrain the alternate hand to help access new patterning in the brain for speech, while retraining writing 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 even 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 doesn't seem possible right now, if you stick with it and follow the sequence of progression, these skills are possible to regain. This program is best used along side of Let's Talk.
Speech Tree – sentence making program This program 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 words—but 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 converse. 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 the that complete sentences—complete thoughts can be formed and said. But 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 to highlight the word, or words and providing the sounds of the words. Sample sentences make entry into this more advanced program easy enough for those who are not yet talking in sentences or using 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 do more and make your own “talking speech trees.
Challenge Words - DVD – breathing techniques to help unblock speech and are essential for saying longer words and sentences. Most people who have had a stroke or brain-injury have shallow breathing or hold their breath before tackling a word or sentence. This DVD trains you in different breathing techniques that are essential for producing speech, how to unblock speech with the breath and how to enable one to progress from 1 or 2 syllable words to 3 and 4 and 5 syllable words.
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!". Recommended to get the most out of the Let's Talk program and the other materials from Stroke Family, as well as formal speech therapy. Your family will get organized to help them 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. Includes the 4 Sensory Trigger Keys to Success--four essential factors or techniques for speech recovery, that Barbara discovered, that have been previously unknown or overlooked. No more feelings of hopelessness or helplessness! This guide is a free download with all programs—you save $20! Or you can order a printed guide, depending upon what you need.
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 money—and 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 700,000 strokes in the U.S.? 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. Includes gentle exercises and how to treat depression naturally. This guide puts it all together. Hospital food is typically really deficient—this 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: Repatterning the Brain for Speech After Stroke of 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. Based on over 30 years of research. By Barbara Dean Schacker
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