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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
April 3, 2018
February 1, 2024

  • 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.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center - Northwestern University
Chicago Illinois 60611 Recruiting Libby Rogers, M.A.

Northwestern University

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Name Role Affiliation
Emily Rogalski, PhD Principal Investigator Northwestern University

Name Phone Email
Libby Rogers 312-503-4012
Emily Rogalski, PhD 312-503-1155


Communication Bridge: A Person-centered Internet-based Intervention for Individuals With Primary Progressive Aphasia