Computers and Aphasia: Special Issue of Aphasiology by Brian Petheram

By Brian Petheram

This unique factor of Aphasiology brings jointly papers from six international locations in 3 continents at the ways that desktops are getting used within the area. details expertise is now good demonstrated as a way of supplying remedy to individuals with aphasia and this factor comprises papers which describe the newest ways that this can be being conducted. Doesborgh et. al. file on Multicue, a manner within which the functions of desktops are used to help cueing techniques to the remedy of naming problems; and Mortley et. al. use the net as a method of offering leading edge therapy ways to the customer at domestic. it's important that the excessive tech glamour of the expertise doesn't imprecise the necessity to significantly review the contribution of this mode of therapy. papers, Wallesch & Johanssen-Horbach, and Wertz & Katz, evaluate and critique the results and effectiveness of computing device mediated therapy.In the twenty first century pcs are more and more part of daily life and papers tackle ways that individuals with aphasia may gain advantage from this and have interaction within the rising "information society", Van de Sandt-Koenderman appears to be like at ways that the expertise can be utilized to aid verbal exchange in each day existence by way of the supply of acceptable verbal exchange aids. Egan et. al. document on education individuals with aphasia to entry the web on their lonesome account in order that they may perhaps totally interact with this source as energetic voters.

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After the fourth session, therapist involvement is reduced. However, he/she checks regularly how the participant progresses and whether the user is “stuck” on one particular cue that is not helpful (in which case this cue can be de-activated by the therapist). To ensure correct application of the therapy programs, the researchers regularly discussed the content of therapy and problems of application with the therapists. Assessment Before and after therapy the participants were assessed by the researchers.

In the fourth session, all cues are available and the user is encouraged to try as many cues as possible, in order to discover which cues are helpful. He or she is shown how to check whether the word is correct by selecting the button “I know the word”. No specific response is required. Users may compare their spoken, written, or thought response with the computer-generated written target. When relevant, synonyms are supplied. When the user gives a correct written response, positive reinforcement is given.

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