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Theres lots of apps out there for this sort of thing. The one I like to use is awesome because you can customize entire phrases or just single words.
A quick search found an app named "Speech Assistant AAC" that seems promising. It will not only speak the words using the integrated Google speech in the phone, but it will also display the words nice ans big on the phone once selected.
It has category buttons, such as for food and drinks, phrases, and feelings. Everything is laid out as buttons, and you can even create customized buttons and categories with your own words and phrases.
However, this is a free version, so I am not sure what all is limited in it. The full version is an in-app purchase, but I am not sure for how much.
> For me my speech stays fine (I think...) but my brain just stops producing words.
> I’ve wondered if anyone’s ever had little cards printed up
Speech assistant AAC.
Yeah the app that I use sometimes is called Speech Assistant, for android, here:
Apple may have ones as well, maybe even better ones, but I like speech assistant for now. Hopefully better ones come out as the technology improves. Not sure about ones for a laptop, but if you have a compatible keyboard, you could theoretically hook it up to any device and do your typing from there. I should look into this too, come to think of it.
I'm sure if money and effort were put into it, a great piece of technology could come out in the next few years that would make most of the difficulties associated with speech disorders a thing of the past. We just need the will.
Sending you compassion. I'm actually a speech language pathologist, so if this happens to you again there are some communication apps that could help. Can you still read when you're having a migraine? If so, I recommend the Speech Assistant AAC app. You can add pre made phrases you can just touch a button to say onto it that you can touch and it will speak, such as "I have migraines" and "Sometimes when I have migraines I can't talk". You could even add basic medical history for if you have to go to the ER again. Alternatively you can just type on the fly and have it talk for you.
Here's the link for Android, although they also have it for Apple.
Hey all! So I'm a speech language pathologist - my job is literally helping people who can't talk. I also just answered this question in another thread with advice, so if you don't mind I'm just going to copy and paste my response.:
If this happens to you again there are some communication apps that could help. Can you still read when you're having a migraine? If so, I recommend the Speech Assistant AAC app. It's either free or a few dollars. You can add pre made phrases you can just touch a button to say onto it that you can touch and it will speak, such as "I have migraines" and "Sometimes when I have migraines I can't talk" to explain to others what's happening. Alternatively you can just type on the fly and have it talk for you.
Here's the link for Android, although they also have it for Apple. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.asoft.speechassistant&hl=en
Your phone analogy is a bit unfair. It's like saying my knife cuts great! But my swiss army knife has problems with the 3rd toothpick. The phone just does WAY more things now, so clearly there are many more things that can go wrong.
And honestly I completely disagree that embedded systems from the 90's and early 2000's were reliable. The operating systems were garbage back then because they just didn't have markets of scale. They'd make an OS and sell a few thousand units. They would rush it out the door often with bugs and there would never be any updates. I was actually really excited when they started putting consistent OS's on devices like PalmOS, Android, and iPhone because they actually had the iterations and scalability of market to get things right and more bug free.
And one aspect of technology you're not mentioning is the idea of a universal machine. The idea of having a device that has an accelerometer, camera, screen, audio jack, and a general purpose computer is just so powerful. Some examples include:
Because of the market for these devices and their general nature, we're able to do so many things that used to require specialized devices that would usually be buggy and way more costly.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.asoft.speechassistant&hl=en_GB I found this, not perfect, but am sure there is some better, I'll keep looking..
THIS: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.avazapp.autism.en.avaz&hl=en 125 pounds though!!
we reccomend this app
it has some set phrases that you can use, too
(also there are apps where you can make digital flashcards/conmunication cards)
I like this one because there are common phrases and words and also you can make your own phrases and words. You can also just the robots accents and speech rate and volume
i have Speech Assistant on my phone. i haven't used it out in the wild yet bc *vague gesture* but I've poked around at home and it seems pretty solid.
I've also played around with Emergency chat, which is less of an AAC and more of a texting type thing, except you'd just pass the device back and forth instead of sending the messages to a different device.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=nl.asoft.speechassistant I had a stroke about 3.5 years ago. There are really good apps for people living with Aphasia. Aphasia changes you life! Tell your mother in law to sing, read every sign she passing. I feel bad for her.
I use this one, and love it. You can customise labels with text of your choice, but custom icons is only an option for the inbuilt buttons like speak, settings etc. If you pay a few dollars you can customise the colours, but beyond that it is hugely customizable. Set up is a little fiddly but not too bad.
To use, you either press the button(s) of what you want to say, then hit the speak button, or type with the keyboard and press speak. (or a combo of the two).
For android, I like Speech Assistant AAC.
I searched for "android text to speech app phrases" and found this app.
Been doing a lot of searching and researching to try and figure out solutions on how I can best get through this 30 days of no talking after voice surgery thing. I'm pretty happy with what I've come up with! I think it's going to work really well ❤️ Hopeful that my wife likes the voice (though there are lots to choose from) and so thankful for her as always in all things, but especially this right now 🥰 30 days to surgery and counting!!!
Wanted to add here too for those that are interested a couple details:
I'm getting the "triple" procedure with Dr Haben in Rochester, NY:
The app I'm using for the type to text is here, it's free (there is a $6.99 premium upgrade you can get but it's not really necessary):
The keyboard holder/stand is here:
And the mini bluetooth keyboard is here:
Total cost $26.28 assuming you already have a smartphone
AAC/TTS-user here (Disabled),
This is a loaded question. There are many options.
My preferred method is to take a mobile device, install a TTS app (my choices are as follows, iOS: Proloquo2Go; Android: Speech Assistant + a CereProc voice) and use an aux cable to connect your device to your mic port
i've been using speech assistant AAC for those times for years, myself.