Speech Tree expands vocabulary and teaches sentence-making and speaking in sentences.
Speech Tree features 16 different multisensory activities to begin to make and speak in sentences. Those with moderate aphasia can practice "word finding" to improve speaking in sentences.
Practice Sessions on the computer or work with printable worksheets. Make your own "talking trees" for on-screen practice or print out as worksheets. The natural sounding text-to-voice Readers will provide a wonderful voice feature that can be used even when you add your own words!
Over 400 easily spoken words combine to make over 1000 phrases and sentences in our new Speech Tree sentence maker! Easy sample sentences are given to help transition into more complex levels. Use the Core Words talking dictionary to add unlimited words. It's the next step for those who have completed the Let's Talk and Speech Bridge programs. Recommended for those who have less severe and more moderate aphasia and apraxia and good verbal comprehension.
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 Speech Bridge which will an easier transition to working with 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 these basics for unlimited content. It turns your word or document making program into a powerful speech practice workstation!
How it Works The Sensory Trigger techniques used in the program locks 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. An online training session is highly recommended to find the particular "blocks" each person has. As with our other programs, daily practice for a 3-6 month period of time is essential for progress to be permanent. After this time, one only has to use the STM techniques as needed.
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. After learning to trace and write the words, you can learning how to type the words. The manual explains how to do each activity, and at different levels, so there is a gradual, step-by-step progress.
Ability requirements: person should be able to read at least at an early second grade level--very simple words. Person should be able to understand simple spoken language. Those with severe or global aphasia should use the Let's Talk program or Lefty's tracing sheets before using this program. Since the program focuses on conversational speech and more abstract ideas and feelings, it does not have illustrations. This program uses a text-to-voice feature. It is compatible with "Alex" on the Mac computers. For PC users, it uses the "text to speech" readers, like the natural sounding voices available from NaturalReaders.com. You can download the free version from their web site. We always recommend having a real person help with saying sentences, so this program requires there be a person present to say the words for speech practice. However, at the more "advanced" levels, the person can work independently.