Understanding the impact of group therapy on health-related quality of life of people with aphasia

Researchers from three disciplines at Canada’s University of Alberta – Speech-Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, and Nursing – studied the effects of participation in group therapy on the health-related quality of life in persons with aphasia. The goals were to establish, on the basis of a scoping review of published research, current evidence regarding 2 questions:…

Aphasia-friendly medication instructions: effects on comprehension in persons with and without aphasia

Researchers from three disciplines at Duquesne University – Speech-Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, and Nursing – studied the effects of simplifying written instructions for medications in contrasting groups of persons with aphasia (PWA) and persons without aphasia (PWoA). The goal was to answer three questions. 1. What are the group comprehension differences between PWA ~ PWoA…

Applying adaptive distributed practice to self-managed computer-based anomia treatment: a single-case experimental design.

Researchers from Northwestern University’s Center for Education in Health Sciences and the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders studied therapeutic effects of a computer-based application for self-managed practice of verbal naming in two persons with moderate chronic aphasia. Flashcard software was used to present either a drawing or a written description of…

Feasibility, acceptability, and limitations of speech and language telerehabilitation during COVID-19 lockdown: A qualitative research study on clinicians’ perspectives.

European health care researchers conducted a survey of speech-language pathologists in Italy to probe the views of practicing clinicians on the use of telerehabilitation (TR) technologies for the delivery of speech therapy services to clients during the COVID-19 lockdown, when meetings face-to-face for clinical sessions were discouraged The goals of the research were to document…

Experiences of Stroke Survivors Living with Aphasia and Graduate Student Clinicians Who Participated in a Telehealth Interprofessional Psychoeducation and Wellness Group

University of Montana graduate students – four drawn from the School of Speech, Language, Hearing & Occupational Sciences within the University’s College of Health, plus two drawn from the Department of Counselling within the College of Education – collaborated in running an interprofessional telehealth counselling and wellness group. The activities for this telehealth group were…

Cognitive-Linguistic Outcomes from an Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program

Faculty in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Departments at the University of Montana (UMT) and Utah State University have published a study of cognitive and linguistic outcomes of intensive comprehensive aphasia programs (ICAPs) for people with aphasia (PWA) in the chronic stage, implemented by graduate student in Speech-Language Pathology (SLP). Using graduate students lowers ICAP…

Australian Aphasia Study: Factors That Slow Rehabilitation

Aphasiologists from Australia have published a collaborative study with colleagues from 5 other nations (New Zealand, Canada, USA, UK, and Ireland) to assess the current state of affairs regarding: (a) increasing the intensity of aphasia rehabilitation services; (b) increasing also its comprehensiveness; and (c) initiating Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Programs (ICAP)