Authors: Capilouto G,Wright HH
Title: Scripting information components to improve narrative discourse performance
Source: Journal of Medical Speech Language Pathology 2009 17(2): 99-110
Year: 2009
Research Design: Single Case Design

The present study was undertaken as a preliminary investigation of the effectiveness of scripting information components for improving narrative production in adults with aphasia. It has been documented that disruptions in the linguistic abilities of adults with aphasia negatively affect their ability to convey accurate and complete narratives. Three adults with aphasia participated in the study: two males with Broca's aphasia and one female with conduction aphasia. A 6-week treatment protocol designed to script the elements of discourse (i.e., who, when, where, etc.) using repetition, modeling, and expansion was completed. Results were analyzed for the number of information components conveyed. Findings suggested that scripting information components may be beneficial in improving the narrative discourse ability of individuals with aphasia. All participants demonstrated treatment effects though generalization to untrained stimuli was not as robust. This initial stage of testing suggests that more focused and precise tests of therapeutic effects are warranted.

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