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Games as therapy for people with language loss – Medical Xpress

Thursday, 27 May, 2021

Games as therapy for people with language loss – Medical Xpress

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In a year when many of us worked virtually, a small group gathered online with the common goal of making speech and language therapy more accessible—while having some fun along the way. Their project, called Aphasia Games for Health, focused on producing games that can provide therapeutic benefits for people with aphasia—a language disorder that can affect speaking, comprehension, reading and writing, which is often the result of a head injury or stroke. It was equally important to the group that the games were entertaining, inherently social and easy and affordable to access.

"Games as an avenue for diversion and fun and silliness is well known, but there's a huge, wide world of games in other domains, too—as a way to support rehabilitation or empower agency over your life—and this project is part of that," said Kathryn Hymes, a graduate student in linguistics at Stanford University and half of the indie game design studio Thorny Games, who was a lead member of the Aphasia Games for Health team.

Read more at: https://medicalxpress.com/news/2021-05-games-therapy-people-language-loss.html

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