Technology for People with Aphasia


Technology can be a great companion for stroke survivors with aphasia, opening up multiple avenues to communicate and connect. Here are just a few examples.
  1. Smartphones and tablets and other devices let you store family photos and access emails and social media sites like Facebook.
  2. Text-to-speech features help with reading comprehension. They’re available on Kindle, Apple and Android devices.
  3. Mapping apps help survivors (and many others!) get where they need to go by communicating directions.
  4. Language apps let you click on a picture or word and hear it pronounced.
  5. Sketch pad apps save drawings that may be helpful later.
  6. Word prediction software encourages writing.

Technology can also encourage socialization. Survivors with aphasia can become socially isolated because communication is frustrating. But Skype and Facetime allow them to communicate with gestures more easily, and online communities are great ways to find support and keep in touch.

Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook may also have supportive communities. You can also join the Support Network, our online community. And simple email and texting are quick ways to communicate. Keep trying until you find the methods that work best for you.

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Get support. Or offer it. Make a connection. For life.

Life after stroke - our path forward

There is life – and hope – after stroke. With time, new routines will become second nature. Rehabilitation can build your strength, capability and confidence. It can help you continue your daily activities despite the effects of your stroke.

View the Life After Stroke Guide for Patients and Caregivers.

The Life After Stroke Guide is also available in Spanish. View the Guía De La Vida Tras Un Ataque Cerebral.