Welcome to our new series of one-minute videos aimed at delivering quick tips you can use to make your life a little easier if you have aphasia.


In this first tip, we talk about ways to use digital assistants such as Siri, Alexa, or Hey Google.


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Conversation Partner in Your Pocket

Siri isn’t just awesome at providing facts at the ready. Digital assistants such as Siri, Alexa, and the weirdly named Hey Google can become digital conversation partners.


So they’re not great at holding up their end of the conversation. But what they can do is help you practice word lists and be a patient partner as you work on enunciation.


Digital assistants never get tired, even if you sometimes need to plug them into the wall.


Try working through noun recall by asking Siri to show you images of things, such as “Siri, show me pictures of dogs on the Internet.” You’ll see immediately whether you were understood or not, and if not, simply try again.


Or you can play twenty questions with Alexa by saying, “Alexa, play twenty questions.”

The point is that robots are our friends. So hang out with them.


Song in video: “Moving Forward” by Greg Thomas