Reclaiming Your Words

Supportive tools for the rehabilitation of aphasia, this project consists of two concepts:

“Words in a Box” contains a number of conversation cards. Either with general topics such as “transport”, or personal topics like “my vacation”. Each card has an RFID-tag on the back and on the underside of the box there is an RFID-reader. When the box is plugged into the computer via the USB port the reader starts working. The patient places a chosen card in the box, for example “My vacation” this will appear on the screen with five keywords related to her vacation: “Venice, restaurant, hotel, fashion, shop”. She can then see the image, read the words and listen to them being spoken.

“Words in a Box” is a patient’s personal tool that brings therapy into the patient’s everyday life. It can make it more engaging for her to practise at home and can support her in different social contexts where she wants to share some information that she is often incapable of communicating. Furthermore, it allows repetition, which is very expensive time-wise, to happen without the physical presence of a therapist.

“Teletherapy” is to be used when the patient and therapist are not in the same physical location. They still have a scheduled appointment but instead of meeting physically, they meet online and perform the therapy via a computer.

“Teletherapy” makes therapy more flexible benefiting both the therapist and patient. It allows therapy to happen even when the patient is not able to be physically present at the Centre for Rehabilitation of Brain Injury. It can also facilitate a more smooth transition from participating in the rehabilitation program to returning home.

With thanks to the Center for Rehabilitation of Brain Injury in Copenhagen, especially speech and language therapist Charlotte Lønnberg and patient Mette Krab-Johansen. And, to David A. Mellis and Tobias Toft for helping with my prototypes.