An introduction to message banking and voice banking

Progressive neurological conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease can cause weakness of the muscles used for speech. Some people’s speech clarity can reduce over time to a point where it becomes difficult to understand. In this case, they might think about using an electronic communication device. Message banking and voice banking are two different ways to record speech while it is still clear. This is a type of ‘vocal insurance’ to preserve a person’s unique voice. These recordings can then be built into an electronic communication system in the future should one ever be needed.

 

The Irish Message Banking Toolkit provides information for Speech & Language Therapists and people who are thinking about doing message banking. The documents focus mainly on message banking but some voice banking information is also included as it would usually be thought about at the same time as message banking. The Irish Message Banking Toolkit Initiative is proudly supported by Research Motor Neurone (RMN) and the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists (IASLT).

 

Scroll down to view the following:

  • A 3 minute animation video to explain the basics
  • A pathway flowchart as a guide through the steps
  • Information leaflets with overviews and more detailed information for each step
  • How-to documents about using recommended voice recorders and computer steps
​Banking your speech the Irish message banking project (click to play)

​The Irish Message Banking Toolkit

 List of documents*

 

Each of the buttons below correspond to the information points and how to guides detailed in the flow chart above. Simply scroll down to find the information you are interested in.

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Where To Start Flow Chart

Where to start with banking your speech

1. Using Technology for Communication

An overview of how technology can help support communication

2. Overview of Message and Voice Banking

A summary of message banking and voice banking to help decision making

3. My Key Information for Message and Voice Banking

A form to note important information about recordings of message/voice banking

4. The Message Banking Process

More detailed information about message banking

5. Generating Messages for Message Banking

A summary about ways to generate messages for message banking

5a. Communication Diary for Message Banking

A form to record possible messages as you go about your day

5b. Themed Questions for Message Banking

 Questions to spark ideas when generating messages

5c. Legacy Messages for Message Banking

Information on recording legacy messages and apps to assist the process

6. Recording Messages for Message Banking

Information about what to consider to make high quality recordings

6a.H1 Setting Up the Zoom H1 Recorder for Message Banking

Getting this model of dictaphone ready to make phrase recordings

6a.H1n Setting Up the Zoom H1n Recorder for Message Banking

 Getting this model of dictaphone ready to make phrase recordings

6b.H1 Operating the Zoom H1 Recorder for Message Banking

How to use this model of dictaphone for phrase recordings

6b.H1n Operating the Zoom H1n Recorder for Message Banking

How to use this model of dictaphone for phrase recordings

7. Organising and Storing Messages for Message Banking

 The process of organising and storing messages for message banking

7a.H1 Transferring Banked Messages from the Zoom H1 Recorder to a Computer

 How to get recordings off this model of dictaphone onto a computer

7a.H1n Transferring Banked Messages from the Zoom H1n Recorder to a Computer

 How to get recordings off this model of dictaphone onto a computer

7b. Re-Labelling Banked Messages on a Computer

 The process of re-labelling your sound files for message banking

7c. Grouping and Organising Banked Messages into folders on a Computer

 The process of creating folders of your sound files for message banking

8. The Voice Banking Process

 More detailed information about voice banking

The Complete Irish Message Banking Toolkit – Download All

The button above downloads all documents from the Irish Message banking toolkit using this button. Please note this function will work better if used on a computer than on a mobile device.

 

 

 For Professionals

Introduction to the Irish Message Banking Toolkit

 An Introduction to the Toolkit for Speech and Language Therapy Professionals

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