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loss of language and communication skills, usually after suffering a stroke: also see dysphasia

Augmentative and alternative communication devices for aphasia: the emerging role of ‘‘smart’’ mobile devices (summary)

AAC devices
 
for
 
aphasia;
 
the
 
role
of
smart
mobile
 
devices

Background

Despite the increase in availability of mobile apps and smart technology for communication there has been little research into their use with adults who have aphasia; usually an older age group with acquired communication difficulties.

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Augmentative and alternative communication devices for aphasia: the emerging role of ‘‘smart’’ mobile devices (short summary)

AAC devices
 
for
 
aphasia;
 
the
 
role
 
of
smart
mobile
 
devices

People who have aphasia often use a combination of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies to support their interactions.

This paper aimed to gather an overall perspective on high-tech device use in this population through gathering information from professionals working with them. The information was gathered via a web-based survey of professionals, observation of group therapy sessions and focus groups of clinicians from the group therapy centres.

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Augmentative and alternative communication devices for aphasia: the emerging role of ‘‘smart’’ mobile devices (short summary)

People who have aphasia often use a combination of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies to support their interactions.

This paper aimed to gather an overall perspective on high-tech device use in this population through gathering information from professionals working with them. The information was gathered via a web-based survey of professionals, observation of group therapy sessions and focus groups of clinicians from the group therapy centres.

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Measurement of the Visual Attention Patterns of People with Aphasia (summary)

Visual
Attention
Patterns
of
People
with
language
disorder

Background

People with aphasia who use image based AAC systems rely on their vision to find their way around devices. It is necessary to better understand how people who use augmentative and alternative communication (PWUAAC) visually interact with different images used to represent messages.

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Measurement of the Visual Attention Patterns of People with Aphasia (short summary)

Visual
Attention
Patterns
of
People
with
language
disorder

Eye-tracking technology was used to analyse the way in which people with aphasia engaged with photographic visual scenes. It was found that research participants fixated particularly on human figures within the scenes. When the people in the scene were engaged with an object of interest within the picture there was greater interest shown in the object than when the person was looking directly at the camera.

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Augmentative and alternative communication in daily clinical practice: strategies and tools for management of severe communication disorders (summary)

Use
of
AAC
after
a
stroke

Background

People who have had strokes often use natural speech in combination with various AAC strategies to improve the effectiveness of their communication. These strategies might change over time as communication needs change.

Interventions to help build stroke patients' communicative competence need to consider a wide variety of factors including the individual, their environments and their communication partners. They should not necessarily be seeking a 'cure', rather to implement strategies to compensate for difficulties.

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