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Aphasia

Aphasia Treatment    Aphasia Therapy   Speech   Reading Comprehension


What Bungalow Software can do for you

Effectiveness, Independence, and Self Esteem

  • Speeds recovery from aphasia or other language deficits.
  • Helps to extend insurance coverage.
  • Convenient therapy when and where you want it.
  • Boost self-esteem and provide a sense of accomplishment
  • Provide motivation
  • Inspire confidence.
  • Immediate feedback and assistance
How Bungalow Helps...

During therapy it lets your therapist do more and can get you additional insurance-provided therapy.  more>>

Get more therapy...

After therapy is over the Bungalow programs help you maintain and increase gains made with your speech therapist. more>>

Economically maintain and increase gains made in direct therapy.

Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of software-based therapy for aphasia and cognitive disorders.

While  there's no substitute for a skilled therapist, home software provides additional stimulation, practice, and feedback, efficiently and conveniently.

Patients work on their own, independently, on adult-appropriate materials.  By actively  participating in their own recovery, the patients gain self esteem and a feeling of control, both of which are valuable components in recovery.

Bungalow programs are designed with age appropriate content and feedback so the patient is treated as an adult.  This gives the patient a sense of self-improvement and independence.

All our interactive programs provide statistical results after every lesson so it's easy to chart progress.  Also, since patients are working independently, at their own pace, they never feel like they are going too slow or making too many mistakes.

By providing therapy when it's convenient for the patient, computer-based therapy makes maximum use of the patient's motivation.  If the patient feels particularly motivated one day and wants to work an extra hour, she (or he) can. By providing helpful feedback and cues, the software maintains motivation even when the patient is having difficulty.

The automatic efficacy data provides a permanent performance record.  Many patients don't realize how much they have improved, only how much "below" their "normal" self they are.  Printed performance data motivates them by showing how much they have already improved.

Everyone has difficulty performing with someone watching. One-on-one therapy can have a similar effect on the patient.  Working alone, but with feedback (from the computer) reduces this pressure.

Paper-based therapy feels like "kids work"
Many patients express the feeling that paper-based therapy is "kids' stuff".   This isn't too surprising when you recognize that the last time many of them did pen and pencil homework was when they were in school.  The computer is associated with "adult work" and thus perceived (accurately) as "serious work", which the patient has a sense of pride in, not "kids' homework" (which can be demotivating). 

Our software provides interactive feedback, hints, and cueing
Paper-based therapy also does not provide feedback or cueing.  Our software is designed to provide progressive cues (hints) until the patient gets the answer correct. (For example, in the Aphasia Tutor series, the user is first asked to type in the answer.   If they get close, the program shows them which letters are correct.  If not, the program gives them 4 choices to choose from)  If they still miss it, the program finally shows them the correct answer.

Bungalow therapy software maintains and improves on the gains made in therapy for a fraction of the cost of additional direct therapy.  There are many aspects of therapy where software cannot help. Initial diagnosis and treatment should be done by a therapist.   However, for those areas where it is appropriate, its much less expensive than one-on-one therapy.  Therapy software is an excellent way to augment current therapy or maintain the gains made in therapy once direct therapy ends. 

Our programs provide between 20 and 200 hours of therapy (depending on the programs).  That translates to a cost of about $.50 to $3.00 per hour of therapy.   Software-based therapy is a bargain, especially for patients who have reached a therapy plateau and no longer qualify for direct therapy.   Studies have shown that continued practice maintains or improves on the gains made in therapy. 

The Plateau Paradox 
... and why it can put an end to therapy

Insurance usually provides coverage as long as the patient is showing improvement.  However, if improvement stops, even for a few months, coverage usually ends and never resumes.  Here's why...

Rehabilitation from a brain injury can take many months or years.  Improvement comes in spurts.  Everyone eventually hits a plateau where recovery seems to come to a standstill.  This does not mean recovery has ended.  It simply means the survivor needs lots of drill practice to break through the plateau.  Here's where it gets interesting...  

Insurance coverage is intended only for skilled medical professional service, i.e., a therapist or doctor.  However, what's needed to overcome the plateau is lots of drill practice, which does not require a medical professional.  So, guess what?  

Insurance does not cover the therapy needed to overcome the plateau.   

And caregivers often cannot get the patient over the plateau alone.   The caregivers are expected to provide therapy practice to get the patient though the plateau.  Unfortunately, most families are just plain busy working, caring for their families and the survivor.  And, while you don't need to be a trained professional to provide drill practice, you do need to have some training or teaching experience. Therapy practice isn't simply about "testing" or "correcting" the patient.  It's about providing appropriate (and minimal) cues and hints.  It's also about being patient for hours at a time.  That alone is a challenge for anyone.  
So, where does this leave the patient?

Waiting for therapy.  And waiting... and waiting...

Sound familiar?  We hear this same story from many of our customers.  Hopefully, it hasn't happened to you, but it probably will eventually.  Bungalow Software provides the intensive speech therapy practice necessary to get through the plateau before insurance coverage ends. 

Using Bungalow's therapy software while getting insurance covered therapy cannot only help speed recovery, but help to extend insurance coverage as well.


 

 

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