Using Internet-Based Speech Therapy to Improve Quality of Life and Access to Care
Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a rare form of dementia initially affecting the language networks of the brain. The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of speech and language therapy on communication skills in individuals diagnosed with PPA. Care-partners are an essential part of this study and all enrollees must have care-partners available to participate for all speech-language therapy sessions and evaluations. This study uses tele-practice, via Internet videoconferencing, to connect individuals with PPA to speech and language pathologists for treatment. We hope to identify the most effective speech and language therapy strategies for persons living with this neurodegenerative condition.
How it works
After undergoing clinical evaluation and meeting study criteria, participants (people with PPA and their care-partners), will engage in 15 Speech Therapy sessions over the course of 6 months. These sessions will all take place over the Internet, using an online study portal. Exercises will be assigned through our web-application.
ABOVE: Screenshot of the user interface for the Communication Bridge website.
What our participants are saying
"It really feels like you are there… it was just like having [the therapist] in the same room."
"I feel more comfortable and relaxed doing the therapy in my home environment."
How to learn more
If you have questions about participating in this study, please contact Northwestern University for more information: