Treatment of Lexical Comprehension Impairments in Aphasia A left hemisphere stroke often results in impairment of the auditory verbal comprehension system. Individuals with aphasia who have substantially reduced comprehension are likely to have limited functional communication abilities. They will have difficulty understanding what is said to them as well as monitoring what they say to others. Brookshire ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2001
Treatment of Lexical Comprehension Impairments in Aphasia
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  • Beverly Jacobs
    East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
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Article   |   June 01, 2001
Treatment of Lexical Comprehension Impairments in Aphasia
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2001, Vol. 11, 4-11. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.2.4
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, June 2001, Vol. 11, 4-11. doi:10.1044/nnsld11.2.4
A left hemisphere stroke often results in impairment of the auditory verbal comprehension system. Individuals with aphasia who have substantially reduced comprehension are likely to have limited functional communication abilities. They will have difficulty understanding what is said to them as well as monitoring what they say to others. Brookshire (1997)  stated that the presence of severe aphasia at one month or more post onset indicates a poor prognosis for recovery of functional use of language. Questions have even been raised regarding the appropriateness of providing treatment for this population (Marshall, 1997). To resolve this question, it would be helpful to review studies that have examined the effectiveness of treatments targeting impaired auditory comprehension in individuals with aphasia.
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