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Sensory Trigger Method

Barbara Dean Schacker, Author
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For Speech Therapists

Stroke Family is a National Aphasia Association Affiliate

Unlock the potential! The Whole Speech Recovery Kit includes all three programs, plus guides, "How to" courses, materials, special downloads and personal expert speech practice support. In addition, our video coaching sessions have been remarkably successful. We can train you how to do the Sensory Trigger techniques that will show you how to practice your speech in everyday life using our easy-to-do method.

It's Aphasia Awareness Month! To celebrate innovation in aphasia recovery, we are launching our new "Aphasia Help Line". Call me at the toll-free number for free tips on how to help your family member or your client breakthrough their speech barriers and start talking again! If you sign up on our Contact page, you will also receive a free copy of our main aphasia recovery guide, "The Pathway to Speech Recovery". This e-book would normally sell for $20. With this month's special free phone consultation, this can actually get you started a new path! I'd love to help you get started!

Barbara Dean Schacker, Founder, Creator of The Sensory Trigger Method, Expert STM Coach,

Our "brain friendly" speech practice programs use the Sensory Trigger Method to tap into brain pathways from early childhood and the undamaged speech centers on the other side of the brain. These special techniques are based on the brain research that shows that new pathways can reconnect speech. After the new connections are made and a substantial level of speech returns, the sensory trigger will not be needed. New abilities will continue to expand on their own. We call this "neuroplastic speech recovery".

It works by something called "sensory substitution". The sensory trigger uses touch signals to substitute for the damaged or lost connections in the brain. These signals travel the neuro-pathways that are responsible for initiating and producing speech. The touch signals learn how to communicate with the brain in a new way. They adapt and function just like speech signals and thus are recognized as such by the undamaged speech centers. It's much like Braille or American Sign Language; the fingertips and hand become the new pathway for communication.

For the blind, the fingertips can be trained to read the tiny bumps on a page of a book or sign. For the deaf, the hands become their speech using gestures along with facial expressions and body language. The Sensory Trigger Method uses the fingertips and hand movements. With practice, touch signals teach the brain how to develop new speech areas capable of initiating speech independently and spontaneously.

Our programs have simple, motivating exercises. With daily practice and functional communication with family and others, one can now take charge of their speech recovery.


  • 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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