Novel technology for treating individuals with aphasia and concomitant cognitive deficits

Leora R. Cherney*, Anita S. Halper

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: This article describes three individuals with aphasia and concomitant cognitive deficits who used state-of-the-art computer software for training conversational scripts. Method: Participants were assessed before and after 9 weeks of a computer script training program. For each participant, three individualized scripts were developed, recorded on the software, and practiced sequentially at home. Weekly meetings with the speech-language pathologist occurred to monitor practice and assess progress. Baseline and posttreatment scripts were audiotaped, transcribed, and compared to the target scripts for content, grammatical productivity, and rate of production of script-related words. Interviews were conducted at the conclusion of treatment. Results: There was great variability in improvements across scripts, with two participants improving on two of their three scripts in measures of content, grammatical productivity, and rate of production of script-related words. One participant gained more than 5 points on the Aphasia Quotient of the Western Aphasia Battery. Five positive themes were consistently identified from exit interviews: increased verbal communication, improvements in other modalities and situations, communication changes noticed by others, increased confidence, and satisfaction with the software. Conclusion: Computer-based script training potentially may be an effective intervention for persons with chronic aphasia and concomitant cognitive deficits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)542-554
Number of pages13
JournalTopics in stroke rehabilitation
Volume15
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2008

Keywords

  • Aphasia
  • Cognitive deficits
  • Computer treatment
  • Rehabilitation
  • Script training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Community and Home Care
  • Clinical Neurology

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