The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of a social participation based aphasia treatment called conversational coaching. Conversational coaching involves teaching individuals with aphasia and their communication partners (e.g., spouses/caregivers) strategies to facilitate more efficient and meaningful conversation. Two dyads participated in a multiple baseline experimental design across subjects. During baseline sessions, the individual with aphasia watched a videotaped story and then attempted to communicate the story’s content to his/her spouse. During treatment sessions, the same general procedure was used, but the investigator coached both participants in the use of selected communicative strategies to facilitate transmission of information and improve the quality of their conversations. The primary dependent variable was the percentage of main concepts successfully co-constructed during conversations. In addition, social outcome measures were used to evaluate the treatment’s impact on communicative confidence and quality of life. Positive outcomes were obtained for both dyads
|Commitee:||Ostergren, Jennifer, Sun, Lei|
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Communication, Speech therapy|
|Keywords:||Aphasia, Conversational coaching, Spouses, Therapy|
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