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A reliable way to assess internet use in older adults with aphasia

This is an opportunity take part in a study investigating the difficulties people with aphasia experience when using the internet.

  • Wednesday 31st January 2018 11:00 (45 mins)
  • Research Participant
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Aphasia is an acquired communication difficulty people can experience after a stroke. This can affect a person's speaking, reading, writing and understanding.

This study aims to assess the reliability of an internet assessment that can be used with people with aphasia and to investigate what difficulties they may face when using the internet. The internet assessment being used will be the Newcastle Internet Assessment for Aphasia.

This is being investigated because internet use is on the increase and more people, including older people with aphasia, are using the internet. Having an assessment of internet use in people with aphasia will help in giving speech and language therapy to a person with aphasia and setting goals for therapy and measuring effectiveness of therapy.

This study involves testing the internet assessment with people without aphasia.

Volunteer Criteria

Participants must:

  • be aged 50 or over
  • not have aphasia
  • not have a severe visual impairment (participants will need to be able to read from a computer/ipad screen independently)

What will I be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete a short questionnaire about your internet use and answer some basic background questions about yourself.

You will then complete the internet assessment. This involves 3 short everyday tasks that people might complete on the internet. Finally, participants will be asked to rate how they find different internet tasks.

This should take 30-45 minutes to complete.

The session will be visually and audio recorded - the recording will be of what the participant is doing in relation to the computer screen and keyboard rather than of the actual person.

When & where?

Appointments will be arranged between the researcher and the participant and will take place in January.

The study will take place in the King George VI building, Newcastle University.


  • Aphasia Centre, King George VI Building
  • Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle University
  • Newcastle upon Tyne
  • NE1 7RU

A reliable way to assess internet use in older adults with aphasia Discussion

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  • Sandi Rickerby
    20th December 2017

    I use the internet quite a lot and I like to think that I am reasonably computer savvy, but then I realise that I still have whole areas of ineptitude!

    Lucy Tague
    28th December 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, it is useful to see other people's opinions on the internet. I am the same, still discovering new things and things I still need to ask for help on.

  • Ken Creen
    19th December 2017

    I have enough difficulty using the internet without aphasia, that I can't imagine anyone with aphasia being able to use it at all. The screen I am looking at at the moment has at least TWELVE options including SUBMIT and SUBSCRIBE. I am unable to change the typeface that I am using to the extent that apart from lower-case and upper-case no variation e.g. even italic, underline and bold are not accessible or available. There is always too much to choose from or not enough.

    Lucy Tague
    28th December 2017

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment, this is useful information and I can understand how the internet can be difficult to use. Yes, it will be even harder for people with aphasia to use the internet because of the extra difficulties they will encounter.