RECOVER seeks volunteers to participate in speech treatment program

October 29th, 2018

RECOVER Injury Research Centre seeks volunteers with non-progressive speech disorder (dysarthria)

Researchers at the RECOVER Injury Research Centre, The University of Queensland are looking for volunteers to participate in an online therapy program. The Be Clear Online speech treatment program delivers targeted treatment to people suffering from a non-progressive speech disorder (dysarthria) after brain injury.

Be Clear Online is being trialled by researchers from UQ’s RECOVER Injury Research Centre (RECOVER) with volunteers who have developed dysarthria as a result of traumatic brain injury or stroke. The program provides one hour of therapy per day, four days per week over a four-week period via video conference with a qualified speech pathologist.

Dr Brooke-Mai Whelan from RECOVER explained that individuals with speech disorders can be vulnerable to isolation and reduced quality of life as a result of their impaired ability to communicate. “Providing online speech treatment within the home will remove access barriers that many people face post-brain injury such as distance from services, difficulty walking, and specialised transport requirements,” Dr Whelan

The research team is looking for male and female volunteers who are not currently in active speech therapy (or can cease therapy for the duration of this project), are at least six months post-injury, and have access to a computer and internet connectivity at home.

To register your interest in participating, or to find out more information, please contact Dr Brooke-Mai Whelan on 07 3346 4785 or bmw@uq.edu.au. Further information about Be Clear Online can also be found on the ‘join our research’ page of the RECOVER website

RECOVER Injury Research Centre is a joint initiative of the Queensland Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) and The University of Queensland.