Authors: Cherney LR, Halper AS, Holland AL, Cole R
Title: Computerized script training for aphasia: preliminary results
Source: American Journal of Speech Language Pathology 2008 17(1): 19-34
Year: 2008
Research Design: Single Case Design

PURPOSE: This article describes computer software that was developed specifically for training conversational scripts and illustrates its use with 3 individuals with aphasia. METHOD: Three participants with chronic aphasia (Broca's, Wernicke's, and anomic) were assessed before and after 9 weeks of a computer script training program. For each participant, 3 individualized scripts were developed, recorded on the software, and practiced sequentially at home. Weekly meetings with the speech-language pathologist occurred to monitor practice and assess progress. Baseline and posttreatment scripts were audiotaped, transcribed, and compared to the target scripts for content, grammatical productivity, and rate of production of script-related words. Interviews with the person with aphasia and his or her significant other were conducted at the conclusion of treatment. RESULTS: All measures (content, grammatical productivity, and rate of production of script-related words) improved for each participant on every script. Two participants gained more than 5 points on the Aphasia Quotient of the Western Aphasia Battery. Five positive themes were consistently identified from the exit interviews-increased verbal communication, improvements in other modalities and situations, communication changes noticed by others, increased confidence, and satisfaction with the software. CONCLUSION: Computer-based script training potentially may be an effective intervention for persons with chronic aphasia.

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