Validation of an iPAD based therapy for rehabilitation- Constant Therapy
View a recent poster of this work presented at the Clinical Aphasiology Conference 2013. Kiran et al. validation of ipad
View a recent paper that describes the workflow of individualized therapy assignment Kiran.SSL published
Constant Therapy is creating an online health system that provides ongoing rehabilitation services to patients via iPads, iPhones and the Web. This therapy platform will have the potential to reshape the way rehabilitation is conducted for individuals who require ongoing communication therapy but struggle to find practical and financially viable options to continue their rehabilitation. Our therapy program eliminates important barriers to continue rehabilitation by providing effective and evidence based therapy through iPads (and other tablets) that patients can practice whenever and wherever they prefer, be it in the clinician’s office or at the convenience of their home while continuing to receive feedback from their clinician. Additionally, Constant Therapy’s service will significantly improve the quality of rehabilitation and quality of life for the individual patient and improve current practice by providing patients with the latest evidenced based therapy programs and allow the patient to continue to work with his clinician after being discharged from rehabilitation services.
In an ongoing feasibility study at the Aphasia Research Laboratory, we are examining the effectiveness of a therapy program for individuals with brain damage that is delivered through an iPAD using Constant Therapy software platform. Twenty two participants practiced language/cognitive therapy exercises at a clinical setting as well as at home on an iPAD. Therapy outcomes for patients who received the structured iPAD language/cognitive therapy were compared with patients who received the iPAD therapy in the clinic but did not practice therapy tasks at home. Results demonstrate the feasibility and preliminary success of such a structured continuous therapy in terms of determining language and cognitive treatment outcomes.
Sample pictures of the iPAD dashboard: