The use of computers and augmentative and alternative communication devices in independent naming practice: Three single-case studies

Choe Yu-kyong, Tamiko Azuma, Pamela Mathy

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    Abstract

    Computers and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices were used for independent naming practice by individuals with chronic non-fluent aphasia and verbal apraxia. Three participants practiced 10 words on a home computer (Computer Practice) and 10 words on a high-tech AAC device (AAC Device Practice). The two practice conditions were implemented as home practice programs. Verbal naming performance was assessed at baseline, during the practice period (after 5-, 10-, and 15-weeks of practice), and 4-8 weeks post-treatment. Computer Practice significantly improved verbal naming for all participants. AAC Device Practice did not yield significant improvements; however, there was a trend for participants to require less support in naming items. Differences in procedures and motivation were likely contributors to the contrasting outcomes of the two practice conditions.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)12-26
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Medical Speech-Language Pathology
    Volume18
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - Jun 1 2010

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Otorhinolaryngology
    • Rehabilitation
    • Speech and Hearing

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