Background

This project will determine the feasibility of delivering an intensive speech treatment via telerehabilitation to people who have difficulties making themselves understood (dysarthria) following an acquired brain injury. The treatment will be provided by a speech pathologist to individuals in their own homes via videoconferencing. Should this trial prove to be successful, the pilot data will be used to develop a grant application for a larger clinical trial.

Aims

To determine the feasibility of delivering an intensive speech treatment, Be Clear, for people with non-progressive dysarthria via telerehabilitation.

Consumer engagement

Input from people with acquired brain injury and their significant others/carers involved in the initial face-to-face trial of Be Clear was sought regarding the treatment protocol and its benefits and challenges, and possible solutions to these challenges. Feedback from both participant groups in this on-line trial was sought to further inform the development of this mode of service delivery.

Informal input was sought from clinicians (speech pathologists, other health professionals working in the acquired brain injury area) regarding the development of the Be Clear Online treatment protocol.

Dissemination

Preliminary results have been presented at the ASSBI/NZRA Trans-Tasman Conference in Wellington, NZ, 4 May 2019, and the Speech Pathology Australia Conference, 2-5 June 2019.

Who benefits from this research?

The consumers (or end-users) of the research findings include people with acquired brain injury, speech pathologists and other health professionals working in the acquired brain injury area.