Tablet-Based and Paper-Based Methods in Reading Comprehension Therapy

The use of software applications (apps) in aphasia treatment has grown in popularity. Few studies, however, have researched the effectiveness of aphasia-specific apps when treating acquired reading comprehension disorders. This session will: (1) briefly review aphasia-specific apps used in speech-language therapy, and (2) present a pilot study comparing tablet-based and more traditional, paper-based methods of treating acquired reading comprehension disorders. Two participants with aphasia and reading comprehension difficulties received eight weeks of treatment: four weeks of a tablet-based treatment and four weeks of paper-based treatment. Results regarding the effectiveness of the treatments varied across the participants. This study highlights the importance of considering patients’ characteristics and preferences in the selection of an appropriate treatment method.

  • Stéphanie Roberge, MScS, SLP, Reg. CASLPO
  • Laura Murray, Ph.D., SLP(C), Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Faculty of Health Sciences & Professor, School of Communication Sciences & Disorders Western University
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