Speech Language Therapy for Primary Progressive Aphasia
This 1-year study will test the effects of Internet-based speech language therapy on communication abilities in adults with mild primary progressive aphasia (PPA), a neurodegenerative disease that affects language abilities.
|Minimum Age||Maximum Age||Gender||Healthy Volunteers|
|30 Years||100 Years||All||No|
- Diagnosis of PPA (with mild impairment)
- Communication partner (e.g., spouse, family member) who is willing to participate
- Adequate experience with computers and sufficient Internet connection
- English speaking
- Dementia diagnosis other than PPA
- Participation in outside speech language therapy during the course of the 1-year study
Participants will receive five evaluations and 15 speech therapy sessions with a licensed speech therapist over a 1-year period, as well as access to Communication Bridge, a personalized web application to practice home exercises that reinforce treatment strategies. Each participant will receive a laptop with the applications and features needed for the study. For enrollment, medical records will be requested and reviewed by the study doctors to determine eligibility. Additionally, a technology screening will be administered to determine comfort level with computers.
Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center - Northwestern University
Libby Rogers, M.A.
Communication Bridge: A Person-centered Internet-based Intervention for Individuals With Primary Progressive Aphasia