“Training Impaired Grammar” – a Serious Game for Agrammatism Treatment
Agrammatism is a common symptom occurring in post-stroke aphasia and frequently addressed in traditional language therapy. However, most commercial serious games and mHealth applications aimed at independent aphasia treatment include only few, if any, tasks focusing on morphosyntax. “Training Impaired Grammar” (TIGr) is a project which attempts to fill the existing gap for Russian speakers with aphasia. The app is going to cover eight areas of morphosyntax, including sentence structure, verb retrieval and various types of verbal and nominal inflection. Besides, it is going to be adaptable, i.e. each of these areas is going to be subdivided into four difficulty levels. Importantly, TIGr is planned to capture the users’ attention and strengthen their motivation with a narrative framework and a reward system, which only rarely can be found in apps for aphasia treatment. The game is currently under development: the stimuli and distractors are being piloted, and the details of the plotline and design are being elaborated.