Authors: Bastiaanse R, Bosje M, Franssen M
Title: Deficit-oriented treatment of word-finding problems: Another replication
Source: Aphasiology 1996 10(4): 363-383
Year: 1996
Research Design: Single Case Design

Word-finding problems may have different underlying causes. The patient in the present study suffers from diminished access to the phonological word-forms, whereas access to the graphemic word-forms is relatively spared. Apart from this, she cannot convert graphemes into phonemes, resulting in a complete inability to read non-words. A similar symptom complex has been described and successfully treated by Bachy-Langedock and De Partz (1989) and Nickels (1992). We replicated their therapy methods and evaluated the effects. Improvement was found in treatment-related, but not in unrelated tests. This improvement generalized to spontaneous speech. However, not all stages of treatment were successful: after treatment the patient was still unable to read non-words. It will be argued that treatment aiming at compensation of disturbed language functions was effective, whereas treatment aiming at restoration was not.

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