Welcome to SpeechRecovery.com!

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SpeechRecovery.com offers a neuroplastic speech recovery method to those who suffer from mild to severe aphasia and apraxia. Our award-winning programs are used by brain injury and stroke survivors of all ages!


Our "brain friendly" speech practice programs use the Sensory Trigger Method to tap into brain pathways from early childhood and the undamaged speech centers on the other side of the brain. These special techniques are based on the brain research that shows that new pathways can reconnect speech.

After the new connections are made and a substantial level of speech returns, the sensory trigger will not be needed. New abilities will continue to expand on their own. We call this "neuroplastic speech recovery".

It works by something called "sensory substitution". The sensory trigger uses touch signals to substitute for the damaged or lost connections in the brain. These signals travel the neuro-pathways that are responsible for initiating and producing speech.

The touch signals learn how to communicate with the brain in a new way. They adapt and function just like speech signals and which are recognized by the undamaged speech centers.

It's much like Braille or American Sign Language; the fingertips and hand become the organ of speech. For the blind, the fingertips can be trained to read the tiny bumps on a page of a book or sign. For the deaf, the hands become their speech using gestures along with facial expressions and body language.

The Sensory Trigger Method uses the fingertips and hand movements. The touch signals teach the brain how to develop new speech areas capable of initiating speech independently and spontaneously.

Our programs have simple, motivating exercises. With daily practice and functional communication with family and others, one can now take charge of their speech recovery.

A Word From Barbara:

“First, I find out their stories. This helps me understand which recovery stage the person and the family are struggling with so I know which exercises will be the most effective for them.

Have they had a recent stroke? Or an old brain injury? When is the last time they made progress in recovery? But more importantly, what is their current situation and condition?  My speech recovery plan treats the whole person and trains family members how to do the method with them. 

My unique method works best for traumatic brain injury and stroke, even for those who have not previously progressed in speech therapy.  My method finds clear channels to alternate speech centers and undamaged areas in the brain using a special multi-sensory approach.  With daily practice new pathways for speech are made.

Many of the people I work with are shy, and discouraged.  They are uncomfortable talking and worried what they will sound like when they make their first attempts to speak using this method. It's kind of like stage fright and it's often one of the major blocks to speech recovery. I always say, "Don’t worry about how it sounds right now. It will get better as you practice."  I teach them how to relax, how to focus their attention in a new way and then it is simply a matter of the brain picking up the sensory trigger signals to find the words.

More than 90% have success in the first session.  Most of them say new words or sentences or learn how to unblock when "stuck" on a word.  Others, with more severe problems, will need daily practice over a period of time.  If practiced daily along with the Sensory Trigger Method programs progress will continue. Once the new pathways and memories for speech are made, many people will not have to use it.  Spontaneous speech (expressions regained without practice) usually occurs within 3 months, but can take up to 2 years.

         --Barbara Dean Schacker

 Sign up for our aphasia recovery course!

Sign up for our aphasia recovery course!

Let's talk: a course for Aphasia 

 The "Let's Talk" course is for families, caregivers and speech therapists. We teach the Sensory Trigger Method© designed to rebuild functional speech after a traumatic brain injury or stroke.

This course teaches you how to recover language even with severe brain damage from start-to-finish results!

 Work with Barbara one-on-one!

Work with Barbara one-on-one!

Breakthrough sessions

Most clients who work with Barbara one-on-one have very severe aphasia or are stuck in their speech.

Start talking today!

 Our phone number is toll free!

Our phone number is toll free!

Phone support


Hours (EST):

Mon-Fri 9am to 6pm

Sat-Sun  10am to 5pm

Success Stories


Dear Barbara,

MeiLin is fully talking again!! She said it was like a dam burst and the words just came pouring out! It took a few days for her to become fully fluent, but now she is speaking normally. I never thought this day would come. Thank you so very much for your patience and time you spent helping her and holding my hand through this. I think she is in a much better place emotionally now that she isn't so frustrated all the time.

Blessings to you and thank you again!
(MeiLin's Mother)

Roxanne's Mother

Dear Barbara,

Thank you so much for working with my Mother today! For the first time in over a year I actually heard my Mother say, "I love you"! She not only said it she meant it! We both laughed and got choked up because she has been trying to tell me she loves me since her stroke in December 2013. After you taught her to relax and focus, she was able to say at least 5 more short sentences with ease.

For the first time I see hope and joy on my Mother's face! We cannot wait to continue this journey. I look forward to our next session and starting the whole program!

With gratitude,

Roxanne D. Pryor, DDS


Hello Barbara,

Thank you for your response and your time today. I am so grateful for all the pertinent information you talked with me about today. (consultation) You are such a valuable resource and I certainly appreciate all the links to the many places we discussed. Each brain injury is so unique and your knowledge and understanding of this is evident. I know that you have opened up new areas of research for our Hannah and new avenues to pursue in her recovery process. I am also truly touched by your interest and compassion as we discussed my granddaughter. I know she is not quite ready for your program, but with your advice we can hopefully get her to that place in the future.

Thank you so much,

Beth Hoke