Authors: Purdy M, Coppens P, Madden EB, Mozeiko J, Patterson J, Wallace SE, Freed D
Title: Reading comprehension treatment in aphasia: a systematic review
Source: Aphasiology 2019 33(6): 629-651
Year: 2019
Research Design: Systematic Review

Background: Reading difficulties often present as a consequence of aphasia. The specific nature of reading deficits varies widely in manifestation, and the cause of these deficits may be the result of a phonological, lexical semantic, or cognitive impairment. Several treatments have been developed to address a range of impairments underlying reading difficulty. Aims: The purpose of this review is to describe the current research on reading comprehension treatments for persons with aphasia, assess the quality of the research, and summarize treatment outcomes. Methods however, the degree to which improvement reached statistical significance varied among studies. Conclusions: Reading comprehension treatments have the potential to improve reading comprehension ability in persons with aphasia; however, outcomes were variable within and among treatment methods. We suggest focusing future research on factors such as participant candidacy and treatment intensity using increased methodological rigor.

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