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Determining Testbed Requirements for Technology Enhanced Speech Rehabilitation after Stroke -the Informed Co-workers View Point

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Author list: Ahlin, Karin
Publisher: International Academy, Research and Industry Association (IARIA)
Publication year: 2019
Start page: 20
End page: 27
Number of pages: 8
ISBN: 978-1-61208-742-9

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This paper analyses and discusses the identified requirements for technology enhanced systems for speech rehabilitation after a stroke. To stroke patients, a speech injury can be devastating, impacting their abilities to speak, listen, read, and write. Therefore, speech therapy is recommended as early as possible. To address the challenge with a growing percentage of older adults, therapy should include a variety of Technology Enhanced Systems (TES) to support the idea of independent living. These systems must be adapted to the patients needs and speech therapy requirements. Based on a design science approach, requirements were determined from an analysis of ten semi-structured interviews with knowledgeable informants. Findings indicate several important requirements, such as: TES should be motivating, joyful, individualised and built on patients needs and on speech therapists professional knowledge. Furthermore, TES services must be user-friendly and provide training in each patients mother tongue. Added to these requirements are ease of including close relatives as supporting persons, as well as accessibility through portable devices.


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