Which communication systems are used in the treatment of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)?

Updated: Jan 02, 2020
  • Author: Divakara Kedlaya, MBBS; Chief Editor: Ryan O Stephenson, DO  more...
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Dysarthria has a drastic impact on the quality of life of ALS patients. Communication systems improve or at least stabilize quality of life and mood in dysarthric ALS patients and should be provided early in the disease course. [18] Speech therapists should monitor patients and, as their speech declines, introduce augmentative communication devices, such as writing implements, communication boards, or computer-assistive technology. For patients with severe bulbar and limb involvement, eye gaze and blink generally are preserved. Therefore, the speech therapist can take advantage of these preserved functions by introducing blink-controlled voice synthesizers, communication boards, and computer-assistive devices that use eye-gaze techniques.


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