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Augmentative and aternative communication training using eye blink switch for locked-in syndrome patient

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TitleAugmentative and aternative communication training using eye blink switch for locked-in syndrome patient
Publication TypeJournal Article
Type of WorkCase Report
AbstractLocked-in Syndrome is a severe pontine stroke causing quadriplegia, lower cranial nerve paralysis, and mutism with preservation of only vertical gaze and upper eyelid movement in a conscious patient. We present a case of a Locked-in Syndrome patient who received communication training with augmentative and alternative communication equipment by using eye blinks. After 3 weeks of training, the patient was able to make an attempt to interact with other people, and associate a new word by Korean alphabet selection. Augmentative and alternative communication equipment which uses eye blinks might be considered to be beneficial in improving the communication skills of locked-in syndrome patients.
AuthorsPark, S. - W., Yim Y. - L., Yi S. - H., Kim H. - Y., and Jung S. - M.
Year of Publication2012
Date PublishedApr
PublicationAnnals of Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume36
Issue2
Pages268-72
ISSN2234-0645 (print), 2234-0653 (electronic)
Publisher DOIhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358685/
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Keywords (MeSH)adult, communication, quadriplegia
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