Long distance therapy for people suffering from aphasia following a stroke

Photo: Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke

Researchers Joël Macoir and Vincent Martel-Sauvageau and their colleagues Patrick Boissy, Marilyn Tousignant and Michel Tousignant, from the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Sherbrooke, have tested the efficacy of a telespeech therapy on 20 patients suffering from chronic aphasia following a stroke that occured less than one year ago.  Aphasia is a disorder in the production and understanding of spoken and written language that can occur following brain trauma, most often after a stroke.  It affects the quality of life, and can limit social interactions.  

The researchers tested a platform used by the patient at home, and by the therapist, in his or her office, composed of a computer allowing a live audio and video feed, and the display of images.  Testing done before and after treatment showed an important improvement in many communication parameters.

Learn more about this promising new therapy in an article in   Le Fil de l'Université Laval:

Quand la distance n’a pas d’importance - Des chercheurs démontrent l'efficacité de la téléréadaptation orthophonique pour les personnes souffrant d'aphasie

Read the abstract of the original research article:

In-Home Synchronous Telespeech Therapy to Improve Functional Communication in Chronic Poststroke Aphasia: Results from a Quasi-Experimental Study.

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