OnScreenCommunicator with add-on module "Sound-Out".

Amnesic aphasia

After a stroke, the patient's understanding of words is often seriously disturbed:
The patient is no longer able to name things correctly.

This makes conversation difficult or even impossible in many cases.
A strategy for learning the names of objects after a stroke is the so-called "sounding out".

Sounding-out as a therapy option

As part of a therapy, the patient is shown pictures of objects such as a banana.
The patient should now state the name of the object.

At the beginning the patient will most likely not remember the name.
If the patient cannot name the object, the initial sound of the term is spoken. In the case of a banana this would therefore be "B".
It is however important not to spell but to speak in spoken language. In this case one speaks "Boh".

By sounding-out, connections between the sounds and terms in the brain are revived and newly formed.
If the patient cannot name the term with the initial sound "Boh", a sound is added and the patient is told: "Bah".

If the patient is still not able to name the object, then now one speaks "Bah-nah".
Thus more and more sounds of the object are pronounced until the patient can name the object.
This is a learning process that must be repeated more often. If there are enough repetitions, impressive results can be achieved and learning becomes easier and easier.

Often, however, no trained therapists are on short call to carry out these exercises together with the patient, or the approved therapy sessions are not sufficient in time for successful treatment.

Sounding-Out with OnScreenCommunicator

The sound-out module in OnScreenCommunicator allows the patient to perform sound-out exercises at home without a therapist:
The perfect exercise scenario is already configured in OnScreenCommunicator as a fully configured interface.

The computer voice of the "Sound-out" module takes over the function of the therapist: The computer voice has been specially programmed and - just like the therapist - can pronounce the various sounds of the term (see "Boh", "Bah", etc.).
A standard computer voice cannot do this.

The sounding-out surface

At first the patient only sees the image of an object.
If the patient does not know the concept of the object, the patient clicks on the object. The computer voice then reads the first sound: "Boh".
Another click and the computer voice speaks "Bah". At a third click it speaks "Bah-nah".

This enables the patient to re-learn the names of objects.
This makes a therapy session at home possible, and the patient can practice whenever he wants.
The exercise interface already offers a wide selection of terms that can be trained.
Nevertheless, it is easy to add new terms to the exercises to make the exercise program even more personal.
For example, pictures of family members or a pet can be included in the exercise.