Speak With IT

Speak With IT was set up in 2011, formed by 12 people in Yorkshire, comprising of people who have aphasia following stroke or their carers. We have successfully expanded to over 15 cities and towns in the North of England and we have helped over 135 people.

Our aim

Helping people living with Aphasia regain or improve their speech, communication skills and confidence. We offer a person-centric approach to our support placing the emphasis on working on improving the skills that our client has identified as being the priority. We aim to develop strong bonds of friendship enabling us to encourage and motivate our clients to work towards their goals. We provide long term one to one support in a person’s own home using specialist aphasia software to help people regain confidence, lose their feeling of isolation and get back into the wider community.

How we can help

Are you looking for support after stroke or brain injury? If someone you care for is recovering from a stroke or brain injury, or living with long term communication difficulties, then you will probably be looking for all the support and resources you can get. Speak With IT can help.Interactive speech and language therapy tool for adults with a communication impairment due to

  • aphasia after stroke or brain injuries
  • cognitive communication disorder after brain injury

As a charity we offer support from trained volunteers to help anyone with aphasia to use computer software programmes that are available to assist speech recovery. At the moment we only provide for the Step-by-Step programme and React2 programme, but we intend to be support other programmes in the near future. We will offer to support your use of the programme for as long and as often as is suitable for your needs. All we ask is that the programme is used on a regular basis – at least 3 or 4 times a week for 20 to 30 minutes at a time where possible.

How it works

We lend you a laptop for 2 to 3 months to enable you to determine if the specialist aphasia software in combination with our support will be beneficial in the long term.

Volunteers will be there to motivate, encourage and assist you as often as you need during the trial and afterwards, if you decide to purchase and continue using the software. There may be a small charge to cover the volunteers’ expenses.

All we ask is that the program is used on a regular basis – at least 3 or 4 times a week for 20 to 30 minutes at a time where possible.

All the Trustees of Speak With IT know from personal experience how hard it is once NHS therapy comes to an end — there is very little help available and you can feel desperate. Using a self-help therapy program at home can help you to regain not only your speech but your confidence.


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