EVA Park was recognised in the 2016 NT100 – Nominet Trust’s annual celebration of the people and organisations using digital technology to change the world for the better. Discover the #2016NT100 at http://www.socialtech.org.uk/nominet-trust-100/2016/.
Read about our Language-Light UX Guidelines at http://languagelightux.org/wp/ – nine design guidelines for creating digital experiences that are accessible to people with aphasia.
The EVA Park team and researchers from Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry have received a £158,111 grant from the Stroke Association to investigate whether support groups for people with aphasia can be be partly delivered in virtual reality.
See the full press release here.
EVA Park is coming to Melbourne!
La Trobe University is looking for people with aphasia in Melbourne to do therapy in EVA Park. Therapy will target telling a story.
This is part of a wider project trialling diffrent therapy approaches in EVA Park.
For all enquiries about the project running in Australia, contact Marcella Carragher:
Email: email@example.com Phone: 03 9479 1812
This study has been reviewed by, and received ethics clearance from La Trobe University, Melbourne and City University, London.
Niamh Devane, Jane Marshall & Richard Talbot will be giving a talk on digital technology and aphasia at the NW CEN at Manchester Metropolitan University on Thursday 22nd September 2016.
The afternoon will include a talk from Jane, followed by a live demo of EVA Park with virtual tour guides with aphasia. There will then be an opportunity to try out EVA Park at one of several workstations we will set up.
You can sign up for the event on Eventbrite.
The paper on the first EVA Park study has been published in the journal PLoS ONE
Check out the City University London press release and download the paper.
July 2016: The EVA Park team are now recruiting volunteers with aphasia to take part in a new study, funded by the Tavistock Trust for aphasia.
We are looking for five volunteers for people to do therapy in EVA Park. There will be different therapies, targeting:
- Telling a story
- Communicating in everyday situations, e.g. at the shops
As a participant in this study, you would be asked to:
- Do therapy 4 times a week for 5 weeks
- Have your language tested 4 times
- Be interviewed about your experience in EVA Park
- Be filmed in the tests and interview
You would do 20 therapy sessions, each lasting approximately 60 minutes.
Participation is voluntary. You will not be paid.
Download the project advert here.
For more information or to volunteer for this study, please contact:
Richard Talbot Telephone: 020 7040 3937 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Niamh Devane Telephone: 020 7040 8821 Email: email@example.com
Jane Marshall will give a platform presentation about EVA Park at the forthcoming IARC 2016 Conference, titled “Evaluating the benefits of aphasia intervention delivered in virtual reality”
See the full conference programme.
Jane Marshall, Helen Greenwood & Richard Talbot from the EVA team attended the West Midlands CEN, for a study morning for SLTs.
Held at the wonderful Birmingham City University campus, Jane Marshall gave a talk on technology and aphasia, highlighting the work at City University London.
The EVA team then presented information on the design and implementation of EVA Park, and presented results from the completed research project. Plans for the future were outlined. They then showcased the virtual communication environment by giving a live demonstrations of EVA Park, and facilitating a hands on practical session for delegates.
John Smejka, one of the participants in the research, was the virtual tour guide for the morning.
Thanks to everyone who attended, and to the West Midlands CEN for the opportunity and organisation.
See what Speech Advance thought about the day.
The EVA Park research team has completed a three year project showing that EVA Park can be used successfully to provide virtual language stimulation for people with aphasia. Twenty people had 5 weeks access to EVA Park, with daily sessions from a support worker, in which they conversed, carried out role plays and had group discussions. Results showed that the EVA Park intervention was very well received and brought about significant improvements on a measure of functional communication.
City, University of London has now been awarded two new grants by The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia to extend their research with EVA Park. The first project will employ a software developer who will transform the technology from a prototype to a version that can be released for general usage. The other project will further explore the therapeutic potential of EVA Park. Using single case experimental designs it will investigate whether EVA Park can be used to deliver specific language treatments, for example targeting word finding or sentence building. Both projects will produce freely available manuals and guidance materials, so that other centres can run the software independently and exploit the therapeutic opportunities of EVA Park.
Professor Jane Marshall, who leads the Eva Park team, commented: ‘We are keen for EVA Park to become a mainstream therapy resource that is widely available to people with aphasia. This funding from the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia is a major step forward in making this happen’.
For more information see the City University London press release.