The increasing influence of digital media on all aspects of life, especially the use of Internet and smartphone, has not left even the field of healthcare practice untouched. Telerehabilitation, implying the use of telecommunications in rehabilitation activities, is being used widely in the treatment of communication and mental health disorders. The use of telerehabilitation services makes rehabilitation more feasible, fast, time-saving and cost-effective for people who face constraints in physically presenting themselves to healthcare providers due to extent of retardation, illness or commuting issues. It is thus a boon for the people who stay in remote areas and have no access to healthcare professionals in close vicinity. Therefore, research is underway on the optimal means to deliver telerehabilitation services both locally and globally and is now seen as a critical activity in healthcare.
Chapter 3: Utility of Apps in Speech and Language Therapy
Communication is the behaviour that makes human social being, thus, demarcating human communication from the form of communication adapted by other species in general. However, this behaviour seems to be meaningful when the sender transmits a message through icons, non-verbal gestures or verbal mode and those messages conveyed should be understood with ease by the receiver. Owens (2006) defined communication as ‘exchange of ideas between a sender and a receiver’. Communication has the virtue of using multimodal cues. In spite of that, majority of communication is attained through speech. Consequently, the process enhanced by the use of ...