Authors: Aten JL, Caligiuri MP, Holland AL
Title: The efficacy of functional communication therapy for chronic aphasic patients
Source: Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders 1982 47(1): 93-96
Year: 1982
Research Design: Case Series

Twelve weeks of therapy emphasizing functional communication content was conducted twice weekly in a group setting for seven chronic aphasic patients whose average post-onset time was 97.9 months. Porch Index of Communicative Abilities (PICA) test scores did not change significantly as a result of this treatment. Communicative Abilities in Daily Living (CADL) test scores, however, revealed statistically significant improvement in post-treatment performances. A final administration of CADL tests six weeks after cessation of functional communication treatment indicated that the positive change in CADL scores had been maintained.

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