This is a study on Internet-based video-practice speech and language therapy for persons with
primary progressive aphasia (PPA), behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia (bvFTD), or
The purpose of this study is:
1. To evaluate the effectiveness of speech and language therapy on a person's ability to
communicate immediately after treatment, 6-months after treatment, and 12-months after
2. To identify the most effective speech and language therapy strategies for persons with
3. To determine the feasibility of Internet-based video-practice of speech and language
therapy for persons with these conditions.
The study will involve 12 to 15 session over the course of 12 months. Some of these sessions
will be in-person at the Northwestern Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center
(Chicago, IL), while others will take place over the Internet, using an online study portal.
- Diagnosis of dementia with language as a primary symptom (i.e. aphasia)
- An informant who knows the participant well and can answer questions the participant's
- Adequate hearing to follow conversation (correction permitted)
- Adequate vision (correction permitted)