Improved word comprehension in Global aphasia using a modified semantic feature analysis treatment

Munro, Philippa, and Siyambalapitiya, Samantha (2017) Improved word comprehension in Global aphasia using a modified semantic feature analysis treatment. Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics, 31 (2). pp. 119-136.

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Limited research has investigated treatment of single word comprehension in people with aphasia, despite numerous studies examining treatment of naming deficits. This study employed a single case experimental design to examine efficacy of a modified semantic feature analysis (SFA) therapy in improving word comprehension in an individual with Global aphasia, who presented with a semantically based comprehension impairment. Ten treatment sessions were conducted over a period of two weeks. Following therapy, the participant demonstrated improved comprehension of treatment items and generalisation to control items, measured by performance on a spoken word picture matching task. Improvements were also observed on other language assessments (e.g. subtests of WAB-R; PALPA subtest 47) and were largely maintained over a period of 12 weeks without further therapy. This study provides support for the efficacy of a modified SFA therapy in remediating single word comprehension in individuals with aphasia with a semantically based comprehension deficit.

Item ID: 50393
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1464-5076
Keywords: aphasia treatment, auditory comprehension, Global aphasia, semantic feature analysis, treatment intensity
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 08:32
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3209 Neurosciences > 320999 Neurosciences not elsewhere classified @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420110 Speech pathology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920107 Hearing, Vision, Speech and Their Disorders @ 100%
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