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Course Description

This course discussed the ranges of benefits that AAC devices deliver to PWA recipients, and the ways in which we can document benefit patterns by collecting data using familiar and widely used assessments instruments that are standardized, and produce quantitative and categorical data that can be analyzed statistically to produce outcome analyses.

Meet the Presenter


Dr. Richard Steele, MA, PhD

Richard Steele, PhD, has served as Chief Scientist at Lingraphica since he helped found the company in 1990. Prior to that, he conducted research at the Palo Alto VAMC Rehabilitation R&D Center, where he was Principal Investigator on the C‐ViC project for computers in aphasia rehabilitation.  Even earlier, he taught Slavic languages and linguistics at Harvard, Cornell, Grinnell College, and elsewhere. He holds a BS in Physics from Stanford University, and an MA and PhD in Slavic Languages and Linguistics from Harvard University.

Course Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to:

            • Describe the diversity of improvement patterns in persons with chronic aphasia who use AAC technologies
            • Describe uses of clinical outcome data analyses for informing intervention decisions for PWA
            • Describe trends and implications of AAC technology developments for PWA
            • Describe high-tech capabilities that benefit PWA particularly

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