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How to organize words in communication aids for people who had a stroke

Some people get language difficulties (aphasia) from a stroke. To communicate better, they may speak while using gestures or communication aids. Communication aids usually contain grids with pictures and text. According to research, many people with aphasia have difficulty using these grids. We want to help make communication aids easier to use. We will study how they think about words and see if it helps in organizing words in communication aids.

Participants will:

1. have a quick background interview
2. sort pictures
3. look for pictures on an iPad
4. retell a story using pictures

Travel costs will be covered.

The aphasia version of project summary can be found by following this link

Funded by:

The Republic of the Philippines’ Department of Science and Technology – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI)


University of Dundee or Participants’ homes (if the participant lives too far from the university), the participants should be living in the east of Scotland.

Recruitment Criterea:

Participants must…
• be an adult (16 years or older)
• have aphasia because of stroke
• have had aphasia for 6 months or more
• find that speech and gestures are not always effective for them
• understand most of others’ speech
• be able to express thoughts and feelings on purpose
• be able to see and move picture cards around on a table
• be able to see and tap on 2- to 3-inch pictures on an iPad (technical expertise is not important)

Participants must not…
• have other medical conditions that can affect how they think and use language (e.g., dementia)
It is also ideal if participants live near the University of Dundee or are at least located in East Scotland.

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