Defense Date

7-21-2004

Graduation Date

2004

Availability

Immediate Access

Submission Type

thesis

Degree Name

MSSLP

Department

Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)

School

Rangos School of Health Sciences

Committee Chair

Kathryn L. Garrett

Committee Member

Susan Felsenfeld

Keywords

augmentative and alternative communication, compensatory strategies, conversational strategy training, global aphasia

Abstract

A single subject investigation measured the effects of staged partner communication training on conversational interactions between a familiar conversational partner and a participant with severe aphasia. Conversational variables were analyzed across four conditions: Condition A -- baseline; Condition B -- general aphasia communication strategies; Condition C -- augmented expression strategies; and Condition D -- augmented comprehension strategies. The instructional protocol (slideshow lecture, examples, roleplay, discussion) was implemented immediately before each experimental condition. Two, 5-minute conversations per condition were videotaped, transcribed and coded for the following dependent variables: number of exchanges per topic, percentage of facilitative communication acts, communication role and function, and success of conversational exchanges. Descriptive statistical analysis showed that the partner noticeably increased and maintained his use of natural facilitative strategies immediately following Condition B. Although the partner effectively used complex communication techniques in Condition C, he did not continue to use these strategies in the final condition.

Format

PDF

Language

English

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