Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for dementia and progressive aphasia
Principal Investigator: Melanie Fried-Oken, PhD
Sponsor: The National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Dept. of Education and the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (AAC-RERC)
Length: 8-10 months (depending on frequency of visits)
Visits: Approximately 15 in-home visits and an additional 6-month follow-up period requiring bi-monthly phone calls
Purpose: To determine if a communication system will reduce language barriers toimprove conversation in persons with Alzheimer's disease and progressive aphasia.
Study Design: Intervention Study- experimental. Within-subjects design and between subjects design
- Exclusion criteria common to both clinical groups (AD & NFPA): History of other neurological or psychiatric illness (CVA, focal findings on exam, reported alcohol abuse, traumatic brain damage, reported recent significant psychological or speech/language disorder)
- Inclusion criteria specific to AD group: MMSE = 10-19 within 6 months of enrollment in study; CDR = 0.5-2.
- Inclusion criteria specific to NFPA group: Inclusion criteria are based on the Gorno-Tempini et al (2004) descriptions. Speech and language deficits must be the presenting symptoms and isolated over a 2-year period. Specifically, participants need to show at least 2 of the following: motor speech deficits; agrammatism in language production; spared word comprehension; CDR = 0.5 - 2.
- Exclusion criteria specific to NFPA group: History of everyday episodic memory impairment as first and/or primary symptom; significant deficits in tests of visual memory and/or visuospatial functions on screening; motor or ocular signs typical of progressive supranuclear palsy, cortico-basal degeneration or ALS.
Study Care & Reimbursement: All study related visits are provided at no charge.
Contact: Glory Noethe 503-494-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.