Publication Year

2019

Keywords

Aphasia, Workbooks, Communication Sciences and Disorders, Analysis

Disciplines

Communication Sciences and Disorders | Speech Pathology and Audiology

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to conduct a qualitative and quantitative analysis of workbooks designed for use by individuals with aphasia to see how they are or are not consistent with recommended practices in aphasia therapy. Four research questions were developed: (1) What is the general structure of aphasia workbooks? (2) What is the frequency and range of linguistic and cognitive skills addressed in aphasia workbooks? (3) What clinical principles are provided to guide the clinician’s implementation of workbook activities? (4) What instructions are provided to the clinician and client to adjust for individual skill level? The methods consisted of reviewing the activities and instructions provided to the clinician. Four reviews were conducted, each based upon a research question. The quantitative reviews utilized frequency counts to gather results, while the qualitative reviews identified themes and categories shared across workbooks. The results demonstrated that activities are primarily directed to improving the comprehension and/or production of semantics. The results from the qualitative reviews demonstrated that the workbooks rely upon the clinical expertise of the SLP utilizing the workbook to guide its implementation as a therapy material. In conclusion, the workbooks can only serve as a supplementary material if the SLP utilizing the workbook has the clinical experience to utilize the workbook in a manner that would be beneficial to the client.

Department 1 Awarding Honors Status

Communicative Disorders

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