The Effects of Participation in a Small Newsletter Group on Self-Awareness, Social Discourse and Written Expression for Adults with Acquired Neurological Disorders

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Self-awareness, social discourse, neurological disorders, communicative disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders | Medicine and Health Sciences | Neurology | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Ten participants with acquired neurological disorders at an adult day program in the Inland Empire of Southern California were selected to participate in a weekly Newsletter Group. The participants and staff were given self-awareness questionnaires before and after a 6-month teaching period. Staff were asked to rate each participant in the areas of initiation, perspective taking, awareness of deficits, and social behavior. The participants were also asked to rate themselves. For six months, the group met weekly and produced three newsletters, consisting of articles written by the members of the group. The small group provided increased opportunities for individual attention and encouragement, as well as instruction on writing and social discourse skills. The post-test data revealed movement in both positive and negative directions in the targeted areas. Case studies discuss the changes and dynamics of each participant.

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Communicative Disorders

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