The feasibility, usability and acceptability of a tablet-based aphasia therapy in the acute phase following stroke

Elien De Cock, Katja Batens, Judith Feiken, Dimitri Hemelsoet, Kristine Oostra, Veerle De Herdt*

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Question: Independent practice via an application with a language exercise program for aphasia, as an add-on to conventional care can be a good solution to intensify aphasia therapy. The aim of this prospective trial was to investigate the feasibility, usability and acceptability of the newly developed aphasia exercise program in the 'Speech Therapy App (STAPP)' in the acute phase post-stroke.

Methods: All eligible people with aphasia following stroke (

Results: Twenty-five (mean age 65 years (SD = 17), 14 females) of 31 eligible people with aphasia were enrolled in this trial (recruitment rate = 81 %). All participants but one (23/24) practiced with the language app until the end of hospitalization (retention rate = 96 %). Ten participants practiced at least 30 min/day (adherence rate = 42 %). Participants reported they learned to work quickly with the app (92 %; agreed/totally agreed), the app was easy to use (88 %), they could work independently (79 %), practiced their language (67 %) and wanted to continue working with the app at home (79 %). Acceptability was high (median satisfaction rate 91 %; IQR = 75-100).

Conclusion: The aphasia exercise program in 'STAPP' is feasible to use as an additional rehabilitation tool along with standard of care in the acute phase post-stroke. Further research is needed to assess the efficacy. Clinical Trial Registration-URL:

Original languageEnglish
Article number106070
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Communication Disorders
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2021


  • Aphasia
  • Stroke
  • Tablet-based therapy
  • App
  • Rehabilitation

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