Speech-Language Pathology (SLP)
Rangos School of Health Sciences
Kathryn L. Garrett
augmentative and alternative communication, compensatory strategies, conversational strategy training, global aphasia
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.
Hanna, K. (2004). Effectiveness of Staged Partner Training on Conversational Interactions Involving a Person with Severe Aphasia (Master's thesis, Duquesne University). Retrieved from https://dsc.duq.edu/etd/625