Authors: Kinsey C
Title: Microcomputer speech therapy for dysphasic adults: A comparison with two conventionally administered tasks
Source: British Journal of Disorders of Communication 1986 21(1): 125-133
Year: 1986
Research Design: Randomised Controlled Trial
Rating Score: 04/10
This rating is confirmed
Eligibility specified - N
Random allocation - Y
Concealed allocation - N
Baseline comparability - N
Blind subjects - N
Blind therapists - N
Blind assessors - N
Adequate follow-up - Y
Intention-to-treat analysis - N
Between-group comparisons - Y
Point estimates and variability - Y

There has been a great deal of speculation regarding the role of microcomputers in the retraining of dysphasic patients. Enthusiasm should be tempered with caution and each application in this new and exciting area has to be clearly defined if it is to have an impact in the future. This study is one of a series and compares the performances of dysphasic stroke patients on selected speech therapy tasks administered both in the conventional way and using a microcomputer. The twelve subjects were assessed on linguistic and non-linguistic tasks, which were matched across the two situations. Both quantitative and qualitative measures of patients performances were analysed. After an initial familiarity task, no significant differences were noted between the scores in each situation. Theoretical and practical implications of using the computer to supplement speech therapy are discussed.

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