A Role for YouTube in Telerehabilitation

  • M. Hunter Manasco Misericordia University
  • Nicholas Barone Misericordia University
  • Amanda Brown Misericordia University


YouTube is a free video sharing website that allows users to post and view videos. Although there are definite limitations in the applicability of this website to telerehabilitation, there are possible uses that should not be overlooked. Certain types of therapy, such as errorless learning therapy for certain language and cognitive deficits can be provided remotely via YouTube. In addition, negative emotional reactions to deficits are known to delay or halt recovery. The social networking capability YouTube provides enables individuals with health problems that may be unable to leave their houses an opportunity to gain valuable emotional support by meeting and communicating with others with similar problems. This article address the benefits and limitations of YouTube in the context of telerehabilitation and reports patient feedback on errorless learning therapy for aphasia delivered via videos posted on YouTube. 


Author Biographies

M. Hunter Manasco, Misericordia University

M. Hunter Manasco is an Assistant Professor in the Speech-Language Pathology Department at Misericordia University. Dr. Manasco’s areas of specialization include neuroanatomy, aphasia, motor speech disorders, traumatic brain injury, and autism. His research primarily focuses on novel treatment methods for deficits arising from these disorders.  

Nicholas Barone, Misericordia University
Nicholas Barone is a master's level graduate student in speech-language pathology at Misericordia University. He is completing his thesis on the benefits of counseling in speech therapy and the emotional aspects of rehabilitation.
Amanda Brown, Misericordia University
Amanda Brown is an undergraduate student in speech-language pathology at Misericordia University. She has early acceptance into Misericordia University's graduate program in speech-language pathology and has already begun her master's thesis on innovative reading strategies for individuals with hemispatial neglect.


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How to Cite
Manasco, M. H., Barone, N., & Brown, A. (2010). A Role for YouTube in Telerehabilitation. International Journal of Telerehabilitation, 2(2), 15–18. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2010.6050
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