There is a wide range of devices to facilitate communication for people with Parkinson’s. As reported in East Midlands RSN News No 26 – October 2015, a selection of devices was on display at the last Research Forum in Loughborough with opportunities to find out more from Caroline Bartliff, Specialist Speech & Language Therapist.
Useful communication devices of different kinds and prices include the following – with initial links for more information:
LSVT Clinician Edition – The Lee Silverman Voice Treatment – LOUD is a treatment for speech disorders with Parkinson’s
Sona-Speech – Voice analysis software with real-time displays for visual feedback of critical speech/voice parameters
Speech Tools (difficult to find when you search on the ipad, search ‘iphone only’ option as it might then come up).
Audio memos or any record and playback app for extended talking or capturing speech. It enables self reflection on loudness – listening for the drop in decibel and putting that drive back behind speech.
Boardmarker activity pad – Communication aid with a microchip so different layouts can be personalised for different contexts.
SL40 – A keyboard based communication aid which speaks the message typed in. Phrases can also be stored for quick access.
Allora – Another keyboard based communication aid but this device also has a switch and scan function.
For further information please contact Caroline Bartliff, Specialist Speech & Language Therapist, Specialist Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre at London Road Community Hospital, Derby – firstname.lastname@example.org