STM speech recovery programs and coaching for Traumatic Brain Injury

New ways to recover speech are here!

Everyone who recovers their speech after stroke or brain trauma does so with the help of their family and friends. The family needs to work together and get the right programs and special know-how that will enable them to become “expert speech helpers”. Sensory Trigger Speech Recovery Programs are designed to do just that. Speech recovery is an ongoing process. Even if it is just one devoted family member or friend, that one person can make the difference. Your family as well as your friends and caregivers (and speech therapist if you have one) must work together to help you recover your speech.
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Top 10 Most Important Things about Speech Recovery

  1. The Sensory Trigger speech recovery techniques use all 3 senses--touch, sight and sound—when talking or working with your speech. Many speech therapy programs use only sight and sound and leave out touch. Flash cards also use only sight as a cue—giving the sound of the word only after you have been unsuccessful in name the picture. Worse yet, fill in the blank worksheets use only sight and the ability to read (or visual cues). These are weak approaches and can be very discouraging. Programs that use only pictures and print and no sound are using only 2 senses. In addition, programs that don’t prompt you to speak or make an attempt to say the words keep the brain in passive mode instead of active mode.
  2. Touch should always be activated in all activities related to speech practice because it is strongly linked to speech motor sensory channels in the undamaged side of the brain as well as long-term verbal memory in the whole brain. Touch sensory pathways are the most interconnected and change more easily than sight or sound. Each sense has a memory system. Using all 2 together has a much greater chance that what you learn will be retained and can be recalled. In addition there is a special sequence, time and focus that STM develops. This is the essence of the Sensory Trigger Method and it is built into every part of the Pathways Speech Recovery Plan.
  3. Use the undamaged speech centers on the other side of the brain to trigger speech and route around the damage. The sound of spoken language is trained to the damaged side and even reading words and seeing pictures is trained to activate the dominant speech centers in the left brain. This is why the person often can’t tell if they are saying the right sound or word. This confusing situation prevents them from being able to talk or respond to spoken language. Sometimes this is misdiagnosed and the therapist says you are unable to understand what is said, but the truth is, many times it is just that you can’t tell them or show them you understand. The new pathways made with the Sensory Trigger Method will route the sound of words to an undamaged area where you will understand and be able to respond.
  4. You must use the hand connected to the undamaged side of the brain. If the stroke was on the left side of the brain you will always use the left hand to activate the undamaged speech centers on the other side of the brain. For most people it will be their left hand. Even left-handed people must “reset” the pathways to the undamaged speech areas. Even if the right hand recovers movement, speech often does not come back with it---because it is connected to the damaged areas. You will not have to use your left hand for everything—just in working with your speech.
  5. A special focus and attention can be trained that will change how your brain will shift from hearing the words with your "inner voice" (coming from the right hemisphere) to converting that into a signal that will transfer to the speech motor area. This is a pathway that can actually say the word. This takes longer to process, learning to slow the pace of speech is crucial. Trying to talk at your normal speech can block it or cause a sudden "break" half way though your intended sentence. You can use the " Sensory trigger" again, then approach it a bit slower with calm focus to unblock your speech. This is best learned in a personal speech coaching session where you will learn to get the feel of it. Then, with daily practice this process will become automatic and will make new long-term verbal memories in an undamaged area of the brain.
  6. Know that it is never too late to start speech practice. As long as there is little or no damage to the other side of the brain, there is always the potential to recover speech.
  7. When starting the Sensory Trigger Method the first 6 to 8 weeks is the most important time to do intensive daily speech practice. In the first two months pathways from early childhood are being used to trigger speech, but if you work for 30 – 60 minutes for six to eight weeks, you reach a critical threshold, when NEW pathways start to connect. You can continue to make new pathways for up to 2 years and beyond.
  8. Once you recover enough speech to communicate, you might not have to continue the sensory trigger. At some point you will move beyond daily speech practice and will simply be doing the method as you talk. If you get stuck, you can always “unblock” yourself with the sensory trigger as needed.
  9. Don’t be afraid of what it is going to sound like when you try to say a new word, phrase or sentence. Your speech doesn’t have to be perfect. Know that it will get better as you practice. Programs that don’t require you to make an attempt to talk will not result in you being able to speak on your own.
  10. Speaking vocabulary for aphasia and apraxia recovery should be the most frequently spoken words and start with words that are easiest to say. Pathways programs are especially designed using a special Core Words vocabulary that comes with the sound of each word. These core words are then expanded into strings of words to make phrases and sentences. Invest in our STM comprehensive step-by-step program to breakthrough speech barriers.

The Sensory Trigger Method is for everyone at any level even for those who haven’t said anything in years. The Sensory Trigger Method has help thousands of people talk again and they all started out just like you, so never give in to your fears and hopelessness. Make up your mind that you’ll keep working and practicing your speech for as long as it takes.

 


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You can put together an "Intensive Speech Therapy" program without the high cost and make it available to anyone in the world. Studies show that intensive programs are over 80% more effective than only a few sessions per week. But intensive speech therapy programs are extremely expensive. We've created an intensive set of programs that people can afford and that are accessible anywhere, even at home, anywhere in the world.

Using brain plasticity we can produce better results for those with aphasia, apraxia and other speech-language problems because the sense of touch is linked to undamaged speech areas in the brain. The Sensory Trigger Method uses very special techniques. By using the hand that is connected to the undamaged side of the brain new neuro pathways can be created for speech.

Our online computer programs and coaching techniques often work when a person has not progressed in speech therapy. The Sensory Trigger is built into each program. Special coaching sessions on Skype or Google Hangouts train family members as well as speech therapists how to trigger speech. The method is also used "in the moment" in everyday communications and speech practice.

The content focuses on enabling a person to express what they need, what they want and how they feel. This naturally motivates the person to speak and continue to stay with it. The more meaningful something is, the easier it is to breakthrough and get to the next level.

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