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Design of a computerised treatment for short-term memory deficits in aphasia

Laird, R., Molero, D., Hwang, F., McCain, L., Salis, C., Howard, D. and Giles, J. (2014) Design of a computerised treatment for short-term memory deficits in aphasia. In: International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference.. (Unpublished)

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Abstract/Summary

The treatment of auditory-verbal short-term memory (STM) deficits in aphasia is a growing avenue of research (Martin & Reilly, 2012; Murray, 2012). STM treatment requires time precision, which is suited to computerised delivery. We have designed software, which provides STM treatment for aphasia. The treatment is based on matching listening span tasks (Howard & Franklin, 1990), aiming to improve the temporal maintenance of multi-word sequences (Salis, 2012). The person listens to pairs of word-lists that differ in word-order and decides if the pairs are the same or different. This approach does not require speech output and is suitable for persons with aphasia who have limited or no output. We describe the software and how its review from clinicians shaped its design.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences > Department of Bio-Engineering
ID Code:39848

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