Participants will use a language pedometer to measure the amount of time they speak during the day (talk time) to determine the “fitness” of their verbal communications.
UQ Speech Pathology PhD student Caitlin Brandenburg said the pedometer was part of a new “CommFit” app.
|Study at the University of Queensland|
The UQ Speech Pathology student said that they would then measure the differences in verbal communications between those with a language disorder and those without, to encourage people with aphasia to become more social and practice their language more.
“Ultimately, we would like to see CommFit become part of therapy programs to improve the language and social involvement of people with aphasia.”
Approximately 80,000 people in Australia live with aphasia, which often occurs after brain injury and affects a person’s ability to talk, understand speech or read and write.
Ms Brandenburg said the study was recruiting Brisbane participants aged between 30 and 65 and with no history of language disorders and Queensland-wide people of any age who have aphasia.
UQ Speech PathologyProgram: Master of Speech Pathology Studies
Location: Brisbane, Queensland
Next Semester intake: July 2014
Duration: 2.5 years
Application deadline: February 28, 2014