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Alternative augmentative communication

The application of robotic technologies represents one of the most promising prospects in the field of physical and rehabilitative medicine: in the case of individuals affected by severe cerebral lesions from the earliest stages of recovery there may be difficulties in verbal expression that may persist even in the chronic phase, reducing the subject's ability to communicate adequately, to live independently, to participate in social or working life, to build and maintain a relationship with family and friends. In these cases, alternative augmentative communication tools are useful: one of the future possibilities is the development of brain-computer interfaces (BCI) able to provide people with very severe disabilities with the possibility of communication and environmental control independent of motor control.