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Assistive Technology for ALS/MND Patients
Getting a Diagnosis of ALS/MND
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. There is no cure for ALS yet, but there are tools to deal with the changes that could occur with this disease. Control Bionics walks you through every step of the way, and makes sure you get the technology you need to communicate your voice all day, every day.
When diagnosed with ALS/MND, you’re making a lot of tough decisions very quickly. When it comes to augmentative and alternative communication devices (AAC), the decision is easy.
Changes in speech are common with ALS and progress over time. Learning about and implementing timely strategies and proactive steps will enable you to maintain optimal communication. At the point when speech is beginning to require repetitions or your speech rate slows significantly, ALS.org reports that a speech therapist will often recommend an evaluation for Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC). A proactive approach to AAC involves obtaining and customizing the components of a complete AAC system prior to a time when you may need to rely on it for communication.
AT for ALS
Innovative Assistive Technology
The NeuroNode Trilogy is a speech generating device designed with three access methods for ultimate flexibility for users with ALS. Combining touch, eye control, and EMG/Spatial control provides a faster and less fatiguing dedicated speech generating device.
The 3-in-1 solution, combining touch control, eye gaze control, and the NeuroNode sensor, gives the user different access options. These integrated options give the user flexibility to change between methods depending on their needs. Users can also combine methods for a more customized approach.
For example, an ALS patient may be able to use eye gaze and the NeuroNode to communicate in the morning, but by the evening needs to switch to scanning with the NeuroNode only. The NeuroNode Trilogy gives the user the ability to change access methods throughout the day or throughout the years.
Gain control with the NeuroNode, the only wireless, wearable sensor that gives the user the ability to access their technology by bioelectric signals or spatial movements.
See how our users make life-changing connections with the NeuroNode
People Living with
MND / ALS
“Hello there”, said Maree Spencer using her NeuroNode Trilogy. Maree lost her voice to ALS/MND and wasn’t able to use her phone to communicate. When her daughter Rebekah brought the NeuroNode Trilogy to the attention of her speech language pathologist, they were delighted to find out how helpful it could be for Maree. Working together with her speech language pathologist and the Control Bionics specialist, they were able to identify the best means of communication for Maree – leading her to the NeuroNode Trilogy.
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