Case Studies

Case Studies

Chris and his Aphasia

Chris Balfour suffered a stroke in October 2020 which left him with the language disorder aphasia. His stroke left him…
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Ani and Enid

Ani Pesola has been volunteering for Speak With IT since February 2020, just before the start of the Covid pandemic.…
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Chris and his Aphasia

Chris Balfour suffered a stroke in October 2020 which left him with the language disorder aphasia. His stroke left him…
Read More

Ani and Enid

Ani Pesola has been volunteering for Speak With IT since February 2020, just before the start of the Covid pandemic.…
Read More

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost for your support?

As a charity, we offer our services to our clients without charge. We get the majority of our funding from various grants and trusts and we also raise money through general fundraising activities, such as the Aphasia Support lottery and various events. We do accept donations and these can be made via our website.

We do however request a £25 donation from the client should the charity organise for a speech and language therapist to provide an assessment. We do recommend that an assessment is carried out an annual basis.

For how long does your support last?

We’re happy to continue our support on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis for as long as the client would like us to provide it. Some of our clients have been with us for a number of years; even though most no longer need the computer therapy, they enjoy the strong bond they have with their volunteer and just look forward to a natter with someone outside their family who understands their situation.

Do you only offer computer therapy to people with Aphasia?

Our findings, supported by the 2018 Big Cactus study by Sheffield University, show that computer therapy is an effective, low cost tool that has the power to improve a person’s speech, word-finding capabilities and comprehension – amongst other things – compared to other therapies. Though we promote the benefits of this type of support, our volunteers are just as happy to be conversation partners to their clients.

How long do I engage the therapy you offer?

If you’re currently being supported by a Speech Language Therapist (SLT) or related healthcare professional, ask them to refer you to Aphasia Support. You can self-refer to our service; in these instances, one of our associate SLTs will visit you and complete a referral.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost for your support?

As a charity, we offer our services to our clients without charge. We get the majority of our funding from various grants and trusts and we also raise money through general fundraising activities, such as the Aphasia Support lottery and various events. We do accept donations and these can be made via our website.

We do however request a £25 donation from the client should the charity organise for a speech and language therapist to provide an assessment. We do recommend that an assessment is carried out an annual basis.

For how long does your support last?

We’re happy to continue our support on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis for as long as the client would like us to provide it. Some of our clients have been with us for a number of years; even though most no longer need the computer therapy, they enjoy the strong bond they have with their volunteer and just look forward to a natter with someone outside their family who understands their situation.

Do you only offer computer therapy to people with Aphasia?

Our findings, supported by the 2018 Big Cactus study by Sheffield University, show that computer therapy is an effective, low cost tool that has the power to improve a person’s speech, word-finding capabilities and comprehension – amongst other things – compared to other therapies. Though we promote the benefits of this type of support, our volunteers are just as happy to be conversation partners to their clients.

How long do I engage the therapy you offer?

If you’re currently being supported by a Speech Language Therapist (SLT) or related healthcare professional, ask them to refer you to Aphasia Support. You can self-refer to our service; in these instances, one of our associate SLTs will visit you and complete a referral.

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