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The use of technology to facilitate writing in aphasia

Caute, Anna (2019) 'The use of technology to facilitate writing in aphasia.' Revue de Neuropsychologie, 11 (3). 209 - 213. ISSN 1155-4452

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Abstract

In an age when digital technology is becoming central to communication, writing is increasingly important, with messaging and emailing often replacing phone calls [1]. As written communication shifts to the digital modality, technology poses both challenges and opportunities to people with aphasia. The cognitive and linguistic demands of using technology present potential barriers [2], but recent research has also explored the potential of technology to facilitate writing. This mini-review will describe the evidence base for using technology to support writing in aphasia therapy. It will describe a variety of applications, designed to remediate the impairment, facilitate functional writing skills and compensatory approaches which aim to bypass impaired writing skills. It will explore the role of the speech and language therapist in selecting the most suitable technology for an individual’s needs and in training people with aphasia to use the technology. In addition, it will discuss methods of assessing people with aphasia’s technology proficiency and functional writing skills, and the challenges inherent in these.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aphasia, Writing, Technology, Assistive technology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 21:32
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2020 01:00
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/25780

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