Aphasia Notes

Aphasia Notes

Aphasia Notes Test III Athena Hagerty General Info about Treatment: Working with Adults: you can tell them what they are doing and why. You can provide concrete feedback to your patient. Telling the person what they are doing a great job at. You can

provide feedback for errors. That wasnt a good way to say that, tell me again. Progress is its own reward. Instead of planning for kiddos, adults are happy for therapy, you dont have to give them a sticker. General Info about Treatment: Planning for treatment- dont take hours, do it easily and its cheap or free

for therapy. Free newspapers from Dubois. Clinic has a laminator. Paper, pencil and you can do therapy Generalization: Loose training- you should consider stimulus items that elicit a variety of acceptable responses. 1 cup for multiple things Sequential modification- treat in different environments and diff. contexts.

Does Treatment Work? Aphasia therapy work? YES. But It needs very good guidance from the clinician. Dont do workbook stuff. If they dont need you, they shouldnt be in therapy. Computer programs are bad. Group therapy also WORKS. Evidence behind it. More support by other patients. Maintaining skills. Goals of Aphasia Therapy Empowering the patient- you teach them skills

that they can use. Communicative Competence- the person can communicate in ANY context. If you can do this with patient you are a successful SLP. Who receives treatment?- Initially everyone who has aphasia should receive treatment. Prognosis- there are some people with really poor prognosis= severe Wernickes, severe global, after 3 months following injury. If nothing changes after 3 months thats bad.

Group therapy- if its available, patient should participate. Evaluation of cognition- you can evaluate cognition as the person improves IF the neruopsych is good at evaluation. Neuropsych needs to be experienced. Treatment of Auditory Comp. Bottom up model- patient is analyzing sounds to

make sense of info. Repeating plate over and over again to make sense of it. Top down model- begins with an expectation about the the speaker will say. Either confirm or change the action depending on the production. Ex- youre walking and see a friend hows it going? They say not so good, you keep walking, see you later then go back and ask them what up. Treatment of Auditory Comp.

Knowledge based/heuristic process general knowledge and intuition to deduce meaning of spoken information. what to expect when you are ordering at a restaurant. Treatment of Auditory Comp. Point to/ show me Y/N questions Wh- questions/tell me (simple or complex) what is your name? where are you? Does it snow in

July? Do you use an axe to cut the grass? Following Directions (1-3) can increase up to three steps. (WM component) Sentence verification- person has to listen to sentence and tell if its true or false. Can make it difficult my adding fake words. Treatment of Auditory Comp. Task switching activities Discourse comprehension can they actually answer questions?

Familiar- if its familiar it will be easier. Length & redundancy- Goal Writing Long term goal- 3 components to a goal- every supervisor requires these 3 things. Performance Condition- type of cues you are using Criteria percentage or trials

Treatment of Auditory Comp. Aud comp long term goal- will vary from facility to facility. Determine goal by hierarchy. End point to whatever facility your in. where we want to get the patient eventually. ST Goals- small steps to get to the long term goal. Baby step to get to long term goal. Point to show me/ y/n Biggest LT goal- to comprehend conversation. Ask questions during conversation and keep track of answers.

Ex- patient. Moderate aud comp deficits. Are long term goal would be for academic year. ST- semester. Complex y/n questions. CUES Cues- extra help

Verbal- explaining or repeating Phonemic- its a K for key. Visual Pointing Gestures Written

Tactile (touch)- holding their hand. Giving them something to feel or touch. Percentages Maximum moderate minimum assistance. Dr Isaki doesnt like these terms. Doesnt like 3 out of 4 trials. Likes percentages better. Mild- 90% of time can do tasks. Moderate-80% of time Severe-70% of time

Try and shoot for 20% (increase) of time. Global aphasia- 30% of time correct- yes you can get them to 50% of the time. Normal is not 80% of the time. You can write a goal for 100% of time if you think you can do it. Because they were capable before the CVA. If client hits goal 3 times, you then need to review to goals and revise them. Goal for Auditory Comp.

GOAL for this client- client will answer complex yes/no question with 95% accuracy given verbal cues. In my methods verbal cues means repetition of questions. Client will follow 3 step commands with 95% accuracy given visual cues. Visual cues may be pointing to item Expressive language Treatment Content Words (nouns more important for Global)

Enhance with nonverbal communication (can live w/out articles & adverbs) Increase length & complexity- Sub, Verb, Obj Picture Description- take a picture from the newspaper (Norman Rockwell pics) Storytelling & retelling Conversation- most difficult If you improve anomia, you will improve expressive language

Reading Comprehension Tx. (deficits) Reading glasses? Do they have glasses? Surface Dyslexia? Lost direct lexical route and now dependent on phonological route. Exsound by sound or letter by letter. Deep dyslexia- you have lost phonological route, now youre dependent on whole word recognition. Reading Comprehension Tx. (deficits)

Letters- can they identify a letter? Words to pics- matching words to pics Phrase to pics Sentence- written questions or matching to pics Paragraph- written questions, 2 sentences, then 3,

short stories Survival Reading (6th grade level) menu, telephone book Anomic Tx. Anomia looks like

Pauses Fillers uh, um I dont know Ineffective gestures Anomic Tx. Suggestions for therapy Naming (Rosenbek,Lapointe & Wertz) Choose at least 3 strategies Semantic description- start describing its attributes,

formulate descriptors to pull out. Cat= furry meow. Embedding- (good for anomic aphasia) formulate your own sentence, embed the word within the sentence. Cup=You use a _____ for drinking. Synonyms- works for high functioning Antonyms- not every word has an antonym Anomic Tx. Suggestions for therapy Rhyming- cat bat- looking at things that rhyme to get word. Sentence completion- high functioning= anomic, conduction.

You drink from a _____. Phonemic cues- weird strategy. Everyone around patient uses the prompt You drink from a c____. Writing- if you cant think of a word, cant write it. Gestures- depends on persons vocab, for high functioning patient Drawing- depends on persons vocab, for high functioning patient Anomic Tx. Suggestions for therapy

Once you DO get word: practice for a couple of trials (recommend 3). Also practice at the end of session. Format (Brookshire) Hello- (only 5 minutes) where you catch up with your patient. How was your week? Etc. Accommodation- we are going to work on easier tasks first. Work- where you concentrate on more difficult tasks.

Cool down- more easier tasks so they can feel good about their performance. Goodbye- reviewing entire session and progress they were able to show. Summarize abilities Resource Allocation Central Pool- a way to think about how your therapy is affecting your client, analyze performance. Can pull out all sorts of language abilities and cognitive processes. Depends on the demands of the task, you can pull out

too many processes from the central pool. If this happens, the client will fail. Reduce processes if client fails. Environment can affect performance (noisy, busy, etc.) SIMPLIFY environment Dr Isaki said to change rooms if the room youre in is too noisy. Resource Allocation Goals of Aphasia Therapy

1) want patient to regain as much comm as possible as much as their injury allows and their needs drive them. 2) teach them to compensate for the skills that they lack. 3) teach them to be in harmony with their lives. Preparing someone for lifetime of Aphasia

1) remember to give fair assessments of prognosis (dont use word normal) 2) stress the importance of what remains. (everyone has skills) 3) Aphasia is a human disorder meaning it not only affects language, but a persons life and relationship to others. Patients are unchanged at the core. Preparing someone for

lifetime of Aphasia 4. Never forget you are treating a PERSON w/ Aphasia. Try to resist being everything to the patient. 5. Learn to be a good listener. Well hear all types of info. We have boundaries in our profession, refer out as needed. 6. Have to trust our patients that they are going to survive and cope and life

Preparing someone for lifetime of Aphasia 7. We are going to be counseling for comm disorders (not depression). Teach them about Aphasia and words we use. National Aphasia Assoc. has great paperwork. LISTENING IS IMPORTANT. Silence is OK. Wait for them to say something. Shouldnt be weird. Listen to their family and friends and ask what concerns they have.

Preparing someone for lifetime of Aphasia Rosenbeck states that clinicians that are adequate, treat all people more or less equally. A superior clinicians finds out what each patient wants and needs and determines what is possible. ADULTS

Easiest population. Easiest prep time No stickers & crafts

Dont need to applaud Comm is its own reward If you have superior clinician, will see amazing things in therapy. Patient will try harder and they continue treatment.

Difficult for them to let you go. ADULTS cont. You can point out errors and how to change those errors. You have built this relationship on trust, support and respect. It is acceptable to exploit a persons strengths. Prepare for generalization- client needs to be

on their own. Take client out of therapy and let client do their own thing. Then go back in clinic and talk about it. A good clinician. Can adjust to changes- client will have good days and bad. We should be constantly thinking of hierarchy. Recognizes when therapy isnt doing very much Laughter & crying is OK-sympathizing is OK.

Therapy has an ending. If patient plateaus, maybe its time to discharge them. You can say you can always come see me. Speech = motor- damage to PMC causes apraxia Language= syntax semantics etc. Speech Deficits Apraxia- the disturbed ability to reproduce

purposeful learned movement, despite intact mobility. NO weakness of the musculature. Ideational Apraxia- the disruption of ideas needed to understand the use of objects. Exwhen we see key, we know how to use it. Show them object and say show me how to use it. Speech Deficits Ideomotor Apraxia- requires motor movement. Types of ideomotor:

1) Buccofacial/nonverbal/oral apraxia- the inability to demonstrate volitional oral movements on command. Exercises on oral mech exam. If you have this apraxia, youll see struggle and searching behaviors. Speech Deficitstype of ideomotor apraxia 2) Limb Apraxia- inability to demonstrate volitional movements of arm wrist and hand on command. Exwave goodbye (they have problems with that). Look for whether they can do movements closer to the

body or further away. Assess: if you give them an object they can do movement, take away object, they cant. Kind of like they cant pretend. Speech Deficitstype of ideomotor apraxia 3) Apraxia of speech- where patient has problems programming the position and sequence of speech musculature, for the production of volitional speech (Darley Def.)

Characteristics: No weakness or paralysis or sensory loss Automatic speech is easier than planned speech Artic consistancies in/of errors. When they make errors it WILL be consistent. Struggle and searching behavior. Dysarthrias Dysarthrias- weakness, paralysis, incoordination of the muscles, required for speech.

Descriptors: speech sounds slurred, unclear, imprecise. Tx- make sure you have unfamiliar listeners come is to check clients production because eventually you will understand them after a while.

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