HCID2014: Evaluating the effects of a virtual communication environment for people with aphasia. Richard Talbot, City University London
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Overview and demonstration of the technology of a project investigating the use and efficacy of delivering conversation therapy in an on-line 3-D world to people with acquired language difficulties ...

Overview and demonstration of the technology of a project investigating the use and efficacy of delivering conversation therapy in an on-line 3-D world to people with acquired language difficulties following stroke and brain injury. The project is currently running jointly between the schools of Human Computer Interaction and Language and Communication Science, here at City University London.

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HCID2014: Evaluating the effects of a virtual communication environment for people with aphasia. Richard Talbot, City University London HCID2014: Evaluating the effects of a virtual communication environment for people with aphasia. Richard Talbot, City University London Presentation Transcript

  • Evaluating the Effects of a Virtual Communication Environment for People with Aphasia Richard Talbot Speech and Language Therapist|Researcher
  • The Project • 3 year project funded by the stroke association • Jointly run between HCID and LCS • Investigating the benefits and use of a virtual world for people with aphasia • Will it benefit language? • Will it benefit patients wellbeing? • How will participants feel about and use the technology?
  • EVA Park • An enclosed virtual 3D island for people with aphasia (uses Open Sim) • Developed through participatory design involving consultants who have aphasia • Contains distinct regions, e.g.: – Houses – A Cafe – A Tropical Bar – A Versatile Counter (e.g. for booking a holiday) – A Health Centre – A Hair Dressers
  • What happens in EVA Park? • Participants represented by avatars • Also populated by communication support workers who are qualified SLTs running a conversation therapy program • Communication is speech based, with optional text support, and minimal gesture • Open for 4 ‘live periods’ (2013 – 2015) • Each live period is 5 weeks and will involve 5 participants • Participants will be paired with the support (key) workers • Of course participants can interact with anyone in- world
  • What happens in EVA Park? • Focus on social uses of language • Functional communication activities, e.g.: – Order coffee – Get a haircut – Instruct a plumber – Book a holiday • Opportunities for fun – Night club – Yacht – Fantastical • Election narrative
  • Fun Day
  • Coffee group
  • How will we evaluate EVA Park? • Conversation • Word retrieval • Narrative • Functional Communication • Social Isolation • Social Network Analysis • Confidence communicating • HCI Observation and analysis • Participant and carer interviews
  • The Project • 5 weeks access to the virtual world • Testing at 3 time points Group 1: Language tests Practice in the virtual world Language tests Rest Language tests  5 weeks   5 weeks  Group 2: Language tests Rest Language tests Practice in the virtual world Language tests  5 weeks   5 weeks 
  • What next? • Have so far met with 31 people with aphasia. 11 are suitable to take part. • 1st tranche complete • 2nd tranche currently ‘live’ (T1 and T2 complete) • Still recruiting! Participants must be within 1.5 hours travel from the university
  • The future • At the end of the project, we hope to demonstrate the positive effects of EVA park for both language and social isolation. • If we can, we hope this will enable funding to make EVA park openly available for people with aphasia. www.soi.city.ac.uk/eva/