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National Aphasia Awareness Month

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, which is a campaign to increase public education of aphasia and to recognize the approximately 2 million people who have it. Aphasia is a language impairment that can affect the ability to communicate in various degrees of severity. The communication disorder impairs the production or comprehension of speech and […]

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Mini Voice Amp

The Mini Voice Amp is portable, lightweight and convenient to use, allowing you to speak out when ever you want. With a range of practical and lightweight microphone designs available,  you can mix and match the package to suit  your needs. The volume adjustment gives powerful voice control making it perfect for use in a […]

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Compact Communicator with Lights (Teach object/word relationships)

The Compact Communicator is a portable device that is small enough to fit on a lap or wheelchair table. This device can play up to four 5-second messages. When the user wants to play a message, he or she can simply press one of the four light-up switch plates. Messages can be pre-recorded and personalized […]

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Social Stories

Social stories are a great way to help individuals on the Autism Spectrum develop a better understanding of various social interactions, situations, behaviors, skills, or concepts that they may encounter. This better understanding may help these individuals to know what to expect when those situations occur. Social Stories are usually short, simple, and individualized for […]

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My Bike, My Stroller, and My Voice programs in WV

Variety, the Children’s Charity of Pittsburgh, provides children with disabilities programs, experiences, and equipment. The program provides services to Pennsylvania and 12 West Virginia counties at this time. Variety focuses on mobility, communication, and social inclusion. Their goal is to give children opportunities to discover possibilities for their own lives and, above all, be a […]

Articulation Station

Articulation Station is a full featured articulation application that was designed to  help children and  adults learn to speak and pronounce their sounds more clearly. Articulation Station was created by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist and is the only articulation app offering practice at the word, sentence and story levels. This app provides engaging activities that help individuals practice […]

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Go Talk 20+

The Go Talk 20+ is a communication device that has 5 recording levels and a 100 message capacity. The device has large message squares for easy access and a built in keyboard to help users select the right message. Users can change levels with a press of a button. The Go Talk 20+ is available […]

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The Whatz-it Communication Device

The Whatz-it was designed to assist children with autism and other communication impairments with scaled decision making. The Whatz-it features a graduated color scale from green to red. Children using the scale can then indicate the intensity of their response by sliding a magnetic tile along the green-to-red scale. For example, children can use the […]

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FreeSpeech AAC App

FreeSpeech is an AAC app that was designed to help people of all learning levels and language abilities develop and learn grammatically correct sentences. It was created by a team of Speech Language Pathologists, educators, and researchers. Users can create sentences by dragging and rearranging picture tiles and the app will automatically figure out a […]

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Aacorn AAC App

Aacorn is an Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) app. It is designed to help children with non-verbal autism, speech and expressive language disorders to communicate. The app uses a visual word tree format to make it easier to build clear flowing sentences. Aacorn adapts to the child’s communication style, and uses word prediction to present […]

 
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