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Section 6 - Communication and Technology

Communication and Technology

Technology can be used in lots of different ways to support communication.

The types and ways in which technology can be used to support communication will depend on visual, motor and cognitive skills as well as motivation and for some uses, language skills.

Your Speech and Language Therapist can give you advice regarding the appropriate use of technology for your needs.

Technology can be used in different ways:

  • Communication Access by presenting information and supporting expression in multiple different formats. For example; a doctor showing you a video of a procedure helps support the verbal description of it.

Examples of tools that support communication access include:

  • NHS Easy Info Zone
  • Aphasia friendly iBooks
  • You Tube
  • Google images
  • Communication Therapy can be provided via online software programmes and apps. Enabling you to work independently at your own pace and improving your frequency of access to therapy.

It's important to choose the right type of therapy to target your specific communication difficulties.  Discuss you options with your  Speech and Language Therapist. They will be able to advice you on the evidence base and effectiveness behind all the many choices out there.

www.aphasiasoftwarefinder.org is a useful search engine for exploring communication software  available.

  • Supporting Communication - digital technology offers a huge variety of means to support communication:
    • Camera/photos, maps, video calls  can be used to support less verbal communication
    • Accessibility settings on devices can be set to support reading, text to speech, text size, touch access, blue tooth to hearing aids etc.
    • Apps, from simple yes/ no buttons to complex picture to  sentence building
    • Social media - great for reducing the isolation that can be experienced with communication impairments and for connecting to support networks.

www.aphasiafriendly.co free resource library has a step to step guide to communication access features integral to iPads.

'In recent times, I have utilised admissions to Richardson for respite direct from my fracture clinic, even at weekends. I have never worked anywhere with this efficiency before - it is reassuring and invaluable for the patient.'

Patient, Lowson / Starling Wards, Richardson Hospital