Case Studies

Case Studies

What people say about Speak With IT

“I’m nearing retirement age and I wanted a new challenge. I saw the opportunity on the do-it.org website for a volunteer speech support worker and felt it was an excellent fit for my skill-set and experience. It appeared to be just what I was looking for.”

Sarah

“Being able to talk to someone who understands aphasia and what it’s like to live with the condition is something I look forward to – even if it’s just for an hour or two each month. I can understand that it’s difficult to have a conversation with me, but I don’t ever feel that I’m inconveniencing my Speak With I.T. volunteer.”

Bertha

“Do it slowly. In your mind you might think ‘I can’t do this’, but it will happen. When I couldn’t speak and could only hear, I had to remind myself to stay calm. Try and relax, every day is another opportunity to improve. Don’t think too far ahead.”

Deborah

What people say about Speak With IT

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, which goes towards refunding the expenses that our volunteers incur when they carry out their visits. We politely request that our clients make a donation of £10 each visit, in order to help the charity with such costs; however, this is entirely voluntary and in no way affects the support we give.

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 Speak With I.T. 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, which goes towards refunding the expenses that our volunteers incur when they carry out their visits. We politely request that our clients make a donation of £10 each visit, in order to help the charity with such costs; however, this is entirely voluntary and in no way affects the support we give.

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 Speak With I.T. 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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