Technology assisted speech and language therapy

Int J Med Inform. 2004 Jun 30;73(6):529-41. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2004.03.005.

Abstract

Speech and language therapists (SLTs) are faced daily with a diversity of speech and language disabilities, which are associated with a variety of conditions ranging from client groups with overall cognitive deficits to those with more specific difficulties. It is desirable that those working with such a range of problems and with such a demanding workload, plan care efficiently. Therefore, the introduction of methodologies, reference models of work and tools, which significantly improve the effectiveness of therapy, are particularly welcome. This paper describes the first web-based tool for diagnosis, treatment and e-Learning in the field of language and speech therapy. The system allows SLTs to find the optimum treatment for each patient, it also allows any non-specialist user-SLT, patient or helper (relative etc.)-to explore their creativity, by designing their own communication aid in an interactive manner, with the use of editors such as: configuration and vocabulary. The system has been tested and piloted by potential users in Greece and the UK.

MeSH terms

  • Greece
  • Humans
  • Internet
  • Language Therapy / methods*
  • Software*
  • Speech Therapy / methods*
  • Telemedicine