Authors: Routhier S, Bier N, Macoir J
Title: Smart tablet for smart self-administered treatment of verb anomia: two single-case studies in aphasia
Source: Aphasiology 2016 30(2-3): 269-289
Year: 2016
Research Design: Single Case Design

Background: Studies of verb anomia therapy in poststroke aphasia are rare, even though verbs are central to speech. In the great majority of studies, a traditional face-to-face setting with phonological, semantic, and/or sensorimotor cues is used to enhance lexical access. Technology-based therapy is expanding rapidly and has the potential to help individuals with aphasia improve verb retrieval abilities.Aims: This study aimed to assess the treatment outcome of and satisfaction with a therapy for verb anomia in chronic poststroke aphasia using a tablet for self-administered treatment at home.Methods (2) training on the use of the tablet; (3) self-administered therapy with the tablet; and (4) follow-up, generalisation, and rating of the therapy measures. Twenty self-administered sessions were completed.Outcomes & Results: A significant improvement in verb naming was observed for the two participants following therapy. No generalisation was found for untreated verbs or for treated verbs in a novel task. Both participants were very satisfied with the self-administered treatment using a tablet.Conclusions: The use of tablet-based therapy to improve verb naming could be an interesting way to enhance rehabilitation of acquired language deficits. New technologies are promising and further studies are needed to demonstrate their usefulness and determine the pros and cons of using them in clinical settings.

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