Stanford Researcher Helps Create Games for People with Aphasia, or Language Impairment
Graduate student and game designer Kathryn Hymes joined speech pathologists, fellow designers and people with aphasia – a disorder affecting communication – to develop three games that support language recovery and social engagement.
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.