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Assessment of Individuals with Moderate-Severe Aphasia

Course: #151 Level: Introductory 1 Hour

Speech-language pathologists are concerned with providing efficient and effective services that bring about meaningful change in the lives of the individuals and families they serve. Too often, the more severely involved patient challenges the clinician's ability to reveal communication competency. This presentation will focus on a dynamic functional approach to assessment with individuals, with moderate to severe aphasia post-stroke, and their communication partners. We'll spend time discussing the impact of masked cognitive and communicative competency, maximizing the use of multiple modalities of communication in our assessment, and highlighting measures of quality of life. Remarkable examples of assessment discoveries will be presented, along with future directions in intervention.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to identify obstacles and approaches to revealing cognitive and communicative competency, and the resultant impact of masked competency.
  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to define the relevance of quality of life measures.
  • checkmarkParticipants will be able to identify tools, techniques and resources to evaluate multi-modality communication.


0-5 Minutes Overview of the learning objectives and rationale for focus
5-10 Minutes Definitions and data
10-20 Minutes Impact of aphasia and masked competency
20-30 Minutes Relevancy of our assess and intervention - considerations of quality of life (QOL)
30-40 Minutes Multi-modality approach to assessment
40-50 Minutes Looking for relative strengths - the power of clinical observation
50-55 Minutes Future considerations for intervention
55-60 Minutes Questions & Answers

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