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Computer-Aided Rehabilitation

Computer-aided rehabilitation refers to the use of computers in the rehabilitation of communication disorders. The term rehabilitation refers to the process of restoration or accommodation of communication skills following an acquired communication disorder. Within the field of communication disorders, the use of computers within rehabilitation has been most extensively studied in relation to the topic of aphasia due to stroke or other brain injury. For that reason, this entry focuses largely on aphasia, although the principles may also be applied to other acquired communication disorders to a greater or lesser extent.

General principles of rehabilitation are introduced first, with a a description of how computers are used within rehabilitation coming next. Examples of different computer packages are described, followed by a summary of the relevant research ...

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