Yes. Most people who enroll will be on some combination of drugs to improve cognitive functioning. These medications are not an exclusionary criterion.
This is a difficult question. Ideally, the words you train on will come easier to you over time as other language functions become more difficult. Some people in our study have shown other benefits such as stability on come cognitive measures and improved communication abilities. All patients were able to learn or relearn a core vocabulary. However, we've seen big differences in how each patient applies this knowledge to his/her daily life. This is one factor we are investigating as part of the study. Namely, who does well and why?
We visit you once or twice a month to work on your item list. Each visit lasts about an hour. We ask that you practice your list at home 2x/week. The home practice is done with your significant other or other family members. The home practice will take 15-20minutes per session.
Nothing. The treatment study is funded by a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. We pay for travel, MRI scans, and other necessary expenses.
We run the treatment for two years. After two years you can continue for as long as you feel the treatment is beneficial to you. If necessary, you can withdraw at any time.