Clinical Applications of Microcomputers in Communication by James L. Fitch

By James L. Fitch

Medical purposes of Microcomputers in verbal exchange problems is a entire reference for the usage of microcomputers within the box of verbal exchange issues. The human-machine interface is mentioned, besides observe processing and knowledge processing. using the microcomputer within the analysis and therapy of speech-language pathology can be reviewed.Comprised of thirteen chapters, this publication starts with a historic viewpoint of the pc in society and its function within the box of conversation issues. The reader is then brought to laptop and software program, and machine languages are defined with examples written in uncomplicated. next chapters specialise in the problem that society faces in studying to stay with know-how; notice processing and knowledge administration; and particular functions of the pc within the fields of speech-language pathology and audiology. courses which are both commercially on hand or are within the public area are reviewed. the ultimate bankruptcy paints an image of the medical institution of the longer term and the function that might be performed via the pc. This monograph may be an invaluable source for clinicians and different working towards pros within the fields of speech pathology and audiology, together with those that be interested in, or have to remain present with, advancements within the scientific administration of conversation problems.

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THE P R O F E S S I O N A L INTERFACE T r a d i t i o n a l l y , c o m p u t e r t e c h n o l o g y h a s d e v e l o p e d m o r e q u i c k l y for b u s i n e s s , s c i e n c e , a n d i n d u s t r i a l a p p l i c a t i o n s t h a n for a p p l i c a t i o n s in­ volving human services. All of the above require processing of information and utilization of equipment that w o r k s in a consistent, logical, and de­ finable m a n n e r . P e r h a p s it is for this reason that c o m p u t e r s are last d e ­ veloped in the area of h u m a n interaction.

36 3 Software Learning to program is not particularly difficult, but it is time consuming. T h e reader w h o would like to learn m o r e a b o u t programming is referred to the list of references at the end of this c h a p t e r . F o r the individual w h o would like the experience of keying in s o m e simple B A S I C p r o g r a m s . Appendix A contains some utility programs that might be of use in a clinical setting. S o m e of these will be discussed in later c h a p t e r s . SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT O n e of the first facts of life that is learned in working with c o m p u t e r s is the cost of software.

Walker, L. (1984). A complete buyer's guide to monitors. Personal Computing, 8, 194-205. Young, J. (1984). H o w to paint with your computer. Personal Computing, 8, 126-137. 3 Software T h e mystique of " c o m p u t i n g " has led m a n y p e r s o n s to believe that the c o m p u t e r is a self-perpetuating form of intelligence that can d o anything. Nothing is further from the truth. T h e c o m p u t e r by itself h a s no value and is only as useful as the tasks for which it is programmed.

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