Combined computerized and virtual group treatment for persons with primary progressive aphasia

Study Description:
New participants are enrolled at the start of each semester (fall and spring) for our virtual treatment study. Enrolled participants will complete a pretreatment assessment (2 hours), treatment (14 weeks), and a post-treatment assessment (2 hours). All study procedures are virtual (hosted using Zoom). During the treatment phase, participants are assigned weekly homework tasks on the Constant Therapy app (subscription provided by Constant Therapy for study participants) by a licensed speech-language pathologist. Participants are asked to complete Constant Therapy activities 5 days a week for 30 minutes. Participants will also meet for weekly, 1-hour virtual small-group treatment sessions with a speech-language pathologist. Homework assignments are updated each week.
Aphasia Friendly Study Description:
During this study, you will complete thinking, talking, and listening tasks on your smartphone or tablet using the Constant Therapy app. Homework will be assigned to you by a speech therapist. You will complete homework tasks 5 days a week for 30 minutes. You will also meet with a small group and a speech therapist online once a week for one hour. Treatment lasts 14 weeks during spring and fall semesters.
Inclusion / Exclusion Criteria:
Inclusion - Diagnosis of primary progressive aphasia (PPA). - Willing and able to give informed consent. - Willing and able to comply with study requirements. - Between 25 and 85 years of age. - Proficient speakers of English. Exclusion - Significant mood disorder. - Substance/alcohol dependence or abuse within the past year. - Recent medical instability (within the previous four weeks). - Incarcerated individuals.
Principal Investigator:
Honey Hubbard
Contact Email:
Primary Progressive Aphasia
Observational or Treatment:
Type of Treatment:
Daily cognitive, speech, and language treatment using the Constant Therapy app on participants' tablet or smartphone, along with one-hour, weekly virtual group sessions.
Duration of Study:
1 pretreatment assessment (2 hours) 14 weeks of daily homework using constant therapy (independently, at-home) 14 weekly group sessions (1 hour) post-treatment assessment (2 hours)
Study Start Date:
March 1, 2022
Study End Date:
December 31, 2025
More information:
Costs or Reimbursement:
No cost, no reimbursement
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