Engineering the communication environment
Speech language pathologists (SLPs) at Parkwood Hospital are revolutionizing the way they help patients communicate by using tablets.
“The marvellous thing about tablets is we can now provide supported conversation in more situations, to more patients, in more ways,” explains Margo Clinker, SLP with the Neurotrauma Rehab and Assistive Technology Enabling Possibilities programs.
“Tablets foster a better learning environment because they’re fun, interactive and engaging,” says Crystal Branco, SLP with the Community Stroke Rehab Team. For patients with aphasia who have difficulty with speaking, understanding others, reading and writing, the tablet’s multimedia options ease their frustration by encouraging two-way conversation.
The tablets are a boon to SLPs too as they no longer have to lug heavy devices and masses of paper with most tools accessible on the tablet.