Validation of an iPAD based therapy for language and cognitive rehabilitation in individuals with brain damage

Kiran, Swathi and Des Roches, Carrie and Balanchandran, Isabel and Ascenso, Elsa (2013) Validation of an iPAD based therapy for language and cognitive rehabilitation in individuals with brain damage. [Clinical Aphasiology Paper]

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Abstract

About 795,000 Americans each year suffer a new or recurrent stroke (NIDCD.gov). Also, about 1.7 million individuals suffer from traumatic brain injury each year (CDC.gov). Individuals with language and cognitive deficits following brain damage likely require long-term rehabilitation. Consequently, it is a huge practical problem to provide the continued communication therapy that these individuals require. The present project examines the validity of an iPAD based continuous rehabilitation language and cognitive program. Patients were evaluated and initiated with a treatment plan in the clinic and then required to practice the therapy tasks at home on a daily basis but at individualized times/durations. The treatment plan in the clinic and at home was delivered to the patient via the Constant Therapy Software (www.constanttherapy.com) platform. The level of patient compliance (did they practice the therapy tasks), patient engagement (how long did they practice the therapy tasks) and amount of improvement on each task (percent change over time) was measured. Results from the patients using iPAD Constant Therapy are compared to patients who practice therapy on the iPAD with the clinician but do not take the iPAD home. These data are further compared to patients who receive traditional flashcard based therapy.

Item Type: Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Depositing User: OSCP Staff 1
Date Deposited: 29 Aug 2013
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2016 12:54
Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference > Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2013 : 43rd : Tucson, AZ : May 28-June 2, 2013)
URI: http://eprints-prod-05.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/2510

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