Speech Tree has an extra easy "Starter Level" for those who presently can only say single words. The program progresses to "Beginning Level", "Intermediate Level" and "Advanced Level". Included in the content are some of the words from Let's Talk and Lefty's Tracing Sheets and Lefty's Card Activities providing an easier transition to working with Speech Tree. Years of research went into the design and content of Speech Tree.
Speech Tree took over two years of research to create the motivating design and content. The words are specially selected to include the most frequently used words, the easiest to say words, and the most practical words used in everyday speech. Then, the words that stroke and head injury survivors need in their vocabulary were added.
Speech Tree allows you to go from single words to making two-word combinations, then phrases and sentences. Themes in the program include: feelings, needs and wants, everyday actions, conversational speech, health and medicine, home, food, clothes, family, people, places, and time. The "Make Your Own" features allows you to expand upon this base for unlimited content. Speech Tree turns your word processor into a powerful speech practice workstation!
How it Works Multisensory Learning methods unlock speech potential. The touch signals access the undamaged speech center on the other side of the brain. This patterning (connecting each word in order) is laid down as the foundation for speaking sentences. Each word is "triggered" by the touch or tracing signal sent to the alternate speech center just before speaking.
As the person progresses, he or she will make more complex sentences and practice speech with the assistant or family member. In time, the "Sensory Trigger" is not needed and the person can say the sentence on their own.
Speech Tree is designed to mimic the thinking process needed in "word finding" and sentence making. Problems with "word recall" and "word finding" are common in moderate aphasia. Practicing "word finding" retrains the basic mental function needed to make and speak sentences and regain fluidity of speech. The manual explains how to do each activity, and at different levels, so there is a gradual, step-by-step progress.
For more information about this program and how you can buy it in a kit, call toll free: 877-835-3157. Also available in "print only" form.