Identifier

etd-04022008-150434

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if involvement in intensive treatment would help a patient with aphasia, secondary to a cerebral vascular accident, accompanied by dysarthria, maintain skill levels during non-intensive treatment. A literature review uncovered numerous studies on intensive treatment. These studies discussed the improvements the subjects were able to make across various areas during the time of intensive treatment; however, very little research was available to indicate these subjects’ success when re-entering non-intensive treatment. This study proposed two specific questions: was the subject able to maintain word retrieval, speech intelligibility, and quality of life levels from intensive treatment after undergoing non-intensive treatment, and was the subject able to show improvement on the Lexical Retrieval subtest of the Aphasia Diagnostic Profile (ADP). One seventy-five year old male participated in this study, with involvement in six weeks of intensive treatment, six weeks of no treatment and six weeks of non-intensive treatment. This single subject study utilized the ABAABA design. Results indicated that during non-intensive treatment the subject was able to maintain his level of word retrieval skills, show gains in speech intelligibility, improve perceptions about quality of life and show improvement on the ADP.

Date

2008

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Janna B. Oetting

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