speech loss

Coping with a loved one’s speech loss calls for inner strength and outside support

Posted on Friday, February 1, 2008 - 17:00, By: Amy Madsen
Ron Harrison, 72, of Lake St. Louis, Mo., joked recently about one of the hallmarks of ALS — the loss of speech. When his wife of 43 years, Darlene, and a family friend were unable to decipher what Ron was trying to share with them, he repeated it until, after numerous tries, it came out...

Voice banking and speech synthesis technology

Posted on Sunday, July 1, 2007 - 09:16, By: Alyssa Quintero
While there’s no easy way to prepare for losing your voice, voice banking enables people with ALS to capture their voices via recordings that can be used on Windows-based computers and alternative augmentative communication (AAC) devices. To start, you can record your voice on a Windows-based...

Little communicators

Posted on Thursday, December 1, 2005 - 17:00, By: Alyssa Quintero
The One Write Co.'s Cyrano Communicator enables users to create blocks of information using digital pictures taken from the device's embedded camera.

Family masters communication device in advance of need

Posted on Monday, July 1, 2002 - 17:00, By: Other
Although ALS has robbed Margit Robien of typical speech, she finds many ways to communicate: scratching notes on a pad of paper, writing with chalk on a slate board and connecting wordlessly with her ever-present smile. While writing is the most effective way for her to express her needs today, she...

Talking with Jeff Edmiaston, speech-language pathologist

Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2001 - 07:00, By: ALSN Staff
Jeff Edmiaston (right) helps Keith Vinyard, who has ALS, learn to use a speaking computer