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Front Neurosci. 2017 Jul 28;11:382. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2017.00382. eCollection 2017.

Technology-Based Rehabilitation to Improve Communication after Acquired Brain Injury.

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Aphasia Research Laboratory, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Sargent College, Boston UniversityBoston, MA, United States.

Abstract

The utilization of technology has allowed for several advances in aphasia rehabilitation for individuals with acquired brain injury. Thirty-one previous studies that provide technology-based language or language and cognitive rehabilitation are examined in terms of the domains addressed, the types of treatments that were provided, details about the methods and the results, including which types of outcomes are reported. From this, we address questions about how different aspects of the delivery of treatment can influence rehabilitation outcomes, such as whether the treatment was standardized or tailored, whether the participants were prescribed homework or not, and whether intensity was varied. Results differed by these aspects of treatment delivery but ultimately the studies demonstrated consistent improvement on various outcome measures. With these aspects of technology-based treatment in mind, the ultimate goal of personalized rehabilitation is discussed.

KEYWORDS:

acquired brain injury; aphasia; rehabilitation; stroke; technology

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