Clinical Applications of Microcomputers in Communication Disorders - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780122577567, 9781483269610

Clinical Applications of Microcomputers in Communication Disorders

1st Edition

Authors: James L. Fitch
Editors: Norman J. Lass
eBook ISBN: 9781483269610
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 28th January 1986
Page Count: 240
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Description

Clinical Applications of Microcomputers in Communication Disorders is a comprehensive reference for the utilization of microcomputers in the field of communication disorders. The human-machine interface is discussed, along with word processing and data processing. The use of the microcomputer in the diagnosis and treatment of speech-language pathology is also reviewed.

Comprised of 13 chapters, this book begins with a historical perspective of the computer in society and its role in the field of communication disorders. The reader is then introduced to computer hardware and software, and computer languages are described with examples written in BASIC. Subsequent chapters focus on the challenge that society faces in learning to live with technology; word processing and data management; and specific applications of the computer in the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. Programs that are either commercially available or are in the public domain are reviewed. The final chapter paints a picture of the clinic of the future and the role that will be played by the computer.

This monograph will be a useful resource for clinicians and other practicing professionals in the fields of speech pathology and audiology, including those who have an interest in, or need to stay current with, developments in the clinical management of communication disorders.

Table of Contents


Preface

1 Perspective

Computers in Other Fields

Computers in Communication Disorders

Benefits of Computer Power

Summary

References

2 Hardware

Inputs

Central Processing Unit

Outputs

Storage Devices

Disk Operating Systems

Modems

The Future in Hardware

References

3 Software

Of Bytes and Bits

Software Development

Building the Software Library

Concluding Statement

References

4 The Human-Machine Interface

The Everyday Interface

The Professional Interface

Computer-Assisted Instruction

Computer-Based Instruction

Training Needs

Interfacing Technology and the Client

References

5 Word Processing

A Professional Necessity

Advantages of Word Processing

How They Work

System Interaction Functions

Organizing Files

Clinical Applications

References

6 Data Processing

Importance of Accountability

Types of Data Processing

Spreadsheets

Database Managers

Commercially Available Software for the Office

Potential Uses

Conclusion

References

7 The Computer in Speech-Language Pathology: A Review of the Literature

Introduction

Early Programs

Early Clinical Applications

The Emergence of the Computer-Based Clinician: The Pioneers

Involvement of Commercial Publishers

An Organization for Professionals Using Computers

Conclusion

References

8 Speech-Language Pathology: Diagnosis

Introduction

Articulation

Needs for Articulation Tests

Language

Needs for Language Tests

Voice

Fluency

Severely Impaired

Screening Testing

Summary

References

9 Speech-Language Pathology: Treatment

Introduction

Evaluating Treatment Software

Elements of Treatment

Validating Software in the Field

Articulation

Language Treatment for Children

Language Treatment for Adults

Voice

Fluency

Severely Impaired

Conclusion

References

10 Audiology: A Survey of the Literature

The Computer as a Signal Averager

Computerizing Routine Tests

Beyond Routine Testing

Reviews of Applications

Rehabilitation

Summary

References

Suggested Readings

11 Audiology: Diagnosis and Treatment

Case Management

Individual Test Management

Hearing Aid Selection

Hearing Conservation Programs

Rehabilitation

Other Activities in Audiology

Conclusion

References

12 Developing Software

Getting into Position

Clinical Skills

Programming Skills

Programming Modules

Packaging the Program

Field Testing

Self-Publishing versus Commercial Publishing

Conclusion

13 The Future

Reasons to Consider the Future

Considering Other Influences

Other Forces at Work

A Day at the Clinic—Year 2010

Preparing for the Future

Concluding Statement

References

Appendix A: Utility Programs for Communication Disorders

Appendix B: List of Software Companies with Software for Professionals in Communication Disorders

Appendix C: Lingquest Analysis

Appendix D: List of Suggested Computer Periodicals

Glossary

Index

Details

No. of pages:
240
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 1986
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
eBook ISBN:
9781483269610

About the Author

James L. Fitch

About the Editor

Norman J. Lass