Simulated in-home teletreatment for anomia

Int J Telerehabil. 2011 Dec 20;3(2):3-10. doi: 10.5195/IJT.2011.6075. eCollection 2011 Fall.


This pilot study explored the feasibility of in-home teletreatment for patients with post-stroke anomia. Three participants over 65 years of age suffering from post-stroke anomia were treated in this pre/post-intervention case study. They received 12 speech therapy teletreatments (two sessions/week for 6 weeks) aimed at improving confrontation naming skills. Half of the failed items from a set of 120 preselected stimuli were trained during treatment (Block A-trained stimuli) while the other half served as controls (Block B-untrained stimuli). Variables measured were: 1) efficacy of treatment (performance on Block-A vs. Block B Stimuli), and 2) participants' satisfaction with teletreatment (using a French adaptation of the Telemedicine satisfaction questionnaire). All participants showed a clinically relevant improvement on confrontation naming of trained items and less improvement for untrained items. The researchers also obtained high satisfaction scores on the questionnaire (above 57/60). This pilot study supports the feasibility of speech therapy teletreatments applied to neurological language disorders.

Keywords: Anomia; aphasia; speech therapy; stroke; telepractice; teletreatment.