If you find spoken language difficult, a communication aid helps you express your needs without speech.
You can buy a communication aid from our online shop. It includes:
- Ordinary and qwerty alphabets
- Days and months
- A clock with moveable hands.
Fast Talk is a booklet featuring words and pictures to help people with aphasia express themselves in everyday situations. The booklet is ringbound at the top and can easily be used with one hand. Alphabet and number pages are also included.
Individual needs are displayed in this one page summary which can be placed in visible places such as the front of a care plan or on the fridge, so carers and professionals know how to support the individual. This can also be taken into hospital and kept with the person's notes or by the bed.
Download Communication Licence.
Like a communication board, a picture dictionary can be a valuable tool if you have communication problems.
The ICOON wordless picture dictionary was created as a communication aid for people travelling to countries where they're unable to speak the native language. It works well for people with aphasia, who often describe the condition as like being in a foreign country where they can't speak the language and where no one understands them.
You can download the ICOON wordless dictionary on the iTunes app store.
Other picture-based resources:
Smartphones and tablets as communication tools
Smartphones and tablets can be great communication tools for people with aphasia.
There are a number of apps – both free or paid – that could help you with communication.
In addition to apps, a lot of smartphones and tablets have built-in features that could be useful communication tools such as:
- The camera, to record information visually
- Notes, to write down reminders
- Maps, to show people where you've been or to find your way somewhere.
The Aphasia Software Finder can help you find the right app for you. When considering software or Apps, the advice of a suitably experienced Speech and Language Therapist is recommended.
Going online can keep you informed. It can help you stay in touch and help you communicate. It can also help you gain independence and it can be fun. This guide to getting online has information to help you get online and use technology.
You can use a computer, tablet or smartphone to make a video call. People with aphasia often find video calling better than a phone call.
These guides for people with aphasia will help you use Skype, Zoom and WhatsApp.
Other communication tools
Total Communication - Total communication uses a variety of methods such as gesture, sign, drawing, facial expression and mime. It's based on the idea that any means of communication is valuable as long as it works.
Activities that do not rely on speech - If your relative or friend has difficulty speaking, they're likely to find conversation tiring. It may be helpful to spend some time doing things together that don't require much speech.
Angus Igwe won a Life After Stroke Award for art after he lost most of his words following a stroke: