Script Training Using Telepractice with Two Adults With Chronic Non-fluent Aphasia

Naomi C. Rhodes, Emi Isaki

Abstract


Two male participants with chronic (> 2 years), non-fluent aphasia and their family members participated in script training using videoconferencing.  Functional scripts were developed by people with aphasia (PWA) and their family members. Accuracy of scripts was measured by total target words produced per turn.  Participant 1 with Broca’s aphasia produced scripts with 0% accuracy pre-treatment and 87.5% accuracy post-treatment. Participant 2 with Transcortical Motor aphasia produced scripts with 20.2% accuracy pre-treatment and 63.5% accuracy post-treatment.  Pre- and post-questionnaires for communication effectiveness and the use of telepractice for speech therapy indicated improvements in answering yes/no questions, participating in conversations with strangers, and increasing confidence and satisfaction with technology delivered treatment.  The use of videoconferencing to deliver script training appears beneficial for individuals with chronic aphasia.


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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5195/ijt.2018.6259

  

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