Technology And Its Effects On Aphasia Patients

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B. Thesis: While technology plays a huge role in many aspects of Aphasia research, in the field of Aphasia treatment, the use of technology is still largely developing. AAC technology has a lot of potential to aid in the communication abilities of Aphasia patients, however, currently its use in aphasia treatment is not as efficient as its benefits in aphasia patients do not seem to be generalizable to real life communication outside of the treatment setting.
II. Background
A. What is Aphasia?
1. Aphasia is typically caused by damage to the portion of the brain that is primarily responsible for language. It is a communication disorder that can results in impaired speech and language comprehension.
2. Aphasia does not present itself in the same way for everybody. Depending on the kind of damage suffered, it can vary throughout patient 's (Jacobs et al., 2004).
a) Language production may be very limited - cannot speak fluently
b) Some may have more trouble with comprehension aspects - speak fluently but words used don 't make sense - used incorrectly
c) Because it is related to brain damage, there are other cognitive deficits that may be associated with aphasia, depending on the type of damage.
3. Every individual patient with chronic aphasia differs, which means treatment has to be flexible and adaptable to the patient.
B. What is AAC?
1. Augmentative and Alternative Communication
2. AAC refers to alternative methods of communication to speech that can be used both
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