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Friday, June 19, 2009

Lingraphica Introduces the SmallTalk Mobile Accessory for Aphasia

19/06/2009 - 16:02

Lingraphica, maker of the Lingraphica speech-generating device for aphasia, announces the release of the SmallTalk mobile accessory. Incredibly portable and light, it fits easily into a pocket or purse for communication and practice on the go. Users can take along a selection of phrases, icons, and videos to have with them at all times. Together, the Lingraphica speech-generating device and the SmallTalk provide a comprehensive system for aphasia communication and recovery.

The SmallTalk is ideal for use in everyday situations such as restaurants, doctor’s appointments, phone conversations, or emergencies. Users can also cue themselves to speak by putting on earphones and playing phrases so that only they can hear them.

The result of a yearlong intensive design project by Lingraphica’s developers and programmers, the SmallTalk fulfills the company’s goal to take the key capabilities of the Lingraphica and compress them into a convenient handheld device. It is built on the Apple iPod touch, but can be ordered directly from the company as an accessory to the Lingraphica. For those who already have an iPod touch, a demo set of icons and videos can be downloaded from the Apple App Store for free by selecting SmallTalk for Aphasia. Users will need to have a Lingraphica to take full advantage of the SmallTalk’s capabilities and create a personalized version of the SmallTalk.

“The release of the SmallTalk takes us to the next level in our comprehensive approach to aphasia,” says Lingraphica CEO Andrew Gomory. “Adding the benefits of portability to the unlimited communication and practice opportunities that the Lingraphica offers is an important part of our ongoing mission to improve the lives of our users. We’re proud to be able to present it.”

Lingraphica-The Aphasia Company™ is the leading provider of speech-generating devices for people whose ability to speak or understand words has been impaired by a stroke or brain injury. With the Lingraphica they can communicate with picture icons that speak words and phrases in a natural human voice, or they can practice speech using videos and language exercises. The Lingraphica is Medicare reimbursable. It is available, along with the SmallTalk mobile accessory, for a no-obligation trial. For more information call 888-APHASIA (888-274-2742) or visit www.lingraphica.com.

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