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Using EVA Park to deliver therapy to people with aphasia



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Speaker: Jane Marshall, Speech and Language Therapist

The Centre for Language and Communication Science Research at the School of Health Science, City, University of London welcomes Jane Marshall to discuss their finding on EVA Parkas part of the research seminar series.


EVA Park is a multi-user, virtual island designed with and for people with aphasia (an acquired language disorder). This talk will briefly introduce EVA Park and the rationales for its development. It will outline two completed therapy projects that employed the platform. Project 1 delivered language stimulation to 20 people with aphasia via support workers who were met daily in EVA Park. Using a quasi-randomised waitlist controlled design it showed that intervention brought about significant gains in functional communication. Project 2 involved 5 single case studies, each exploring the benefits of a specific language intervention delivered remotely in EVA Park. Results from two of the studies will be shared. Finally, the talk will describe an ongoing study, which is investigating whether social group support for people with aphasia can be delivered via EVA Park, whether there are benefits for communication and well-being, and the costs of the intervention.

Acknowledgement: The research described in this talk was funded by the Stroke Association and The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia

About the speaker

Jane Marshall qualified as a speech and language therapist in 1987. She worked in the aphasia unit of an acute hospital before undertaking a PhD exploring sentence processing impairments in aphasia. Her post-doctoral research has investigated numerous aspects of aphasia, including jargon aphasia, aphasia deaf users of sign language and in other bilingual language users. She has conducted numerous intervention studies, exploring both remediative and compensatory therapies. Much of her recent research has investigated technological applications in aphasia therapy, including the EVA Park project and CommuniCATE which investigated the compensatory uses of mainstream technologies. Jane teaches on all the Speech and Language Therapy and Speech and Language Sciences programmes within the School. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Aphasiology. In 2007 she won the Robin Tavistock Award for her work in Aphasia, and in 2009 was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists. She was recently awarded an OBE for services to aphasia.

A light lunch with refreshments will be provided.

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When and where

12.45pm - 2.00pmMonday 8th October 2018

MG26 Myddelton Street Building City, University of London 1 Myddelton Street London EC1R 1UW United Kingdom

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