Passive imaging technology in aphasia therapy

We describe a brief pilot study undertaken to investigate the potential benefit(s) of using a SenseCam in aphasia therapy. Five post-stroke persons with aphasia and their caregivers agreed to participate. Each person with aphasia wore the SenseCam for 1 day during the daytime. Slide shows and printed images were created from the images obtained and presented at a (videotaped) weekly group conversation session. Therapists’ observations, reflections, and opinions were subsequently elicited in a group interview and online survey. Wearable, sensor-triggered automatic imaging devices offer potential advantages over both conventional cameras and generic pictures when used in aphasia therapy. We identified three advantages of a SenseCam over conventional imaging methods: Images can be acquired without the presence of the researcher, no action is required by the wearer for image acquisition and the continuous point of view is that of the wearer. Acquired images are of personal relevance to the wearer and may have greater efficacy for the person with aphasia in aiding conversation, and for the speech language therapist in setting functional language goals.

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Posted on March 14, 2011, in Research and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Hello there
    It’s great article but this is very hard to understand the aphasia therapy but can you explain a little but more SenseCam… Thanks Mary Alice Hill

  2. I don’t get the SenseCam. I just use my Android phone with an app that takes a pic every 30 seconds. I made a neck strap and I bought a 16 GB SD card.
    Once a week I dump the files to my HD and review my week. I make a summary for each day as a plain text file i.e. 2026-07-12.txt etc.

    Why buy another expensive camera, when you can just get a smartphone on contract … could be any smartphone really. In addition, my phone record sound as well, but I find it takes too long to review so I don’t do it unless something important happens. Scanning through the photos takes about 3 minutes per day.
    Don’t look at each one, just view in thumbnail mode and scan quickly – you will remember what’s going on. It works.

    P.S. my pictures are saved as 272 x 272 jps .. pitifully small, but enough.

    Until they wake-up and put life logging camera’s into normal sized reading glasses, I won’t be buying any cameras.

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