Authors: Helm-Estabrooks N, Fitzpatrick PM, Barresi B
Title: Visual action therapy for global aphasia
Source: Journal of Speech and Hearing Disorders 1982 47(4): 385-389
Year: 1982
Research Design: Case Series

Eight globally aphasic patients who had not responded to traditional treatment received Visual Action Therapy (VAT), a nonvocal approach that ultimately trains patients to produce symbolic gestures for visually absent stimuli. Statistical analyses of pre- and post-VAT scores earned on the Porch Index of Communicative Ability showed highly significant improvement on those subtests that measure pantomimic and auditory comprehension skills. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

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