Back to the Future With Single-Subject Experimental Designs in Aphasia Treatment Research Approximately 25 years ago, Dr. Leija McReynolds and I were frustrated by the lack of an appropriate text for a graduate research seminar on single-subject treatment research for the communication sciences and disorders. At that time, there were very few examples of well-controlled, single-subject studies in our literature to demonstrate ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 2005
Back to the Future With Single-Subject Experimental Designs in Aphasia Treatment Research
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  • Kevin P. Kearns
    MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA
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Article   |   October 01, 2005
Back to the Future With Single-Subject Experimental Designs in Aphasia Treatment Research
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2005, Vol. 15, 14-22. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.3.14
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, October 2005, Vol. 15, 14-22. doi:10.1044/nnsld15.3.14
Approximately 25 years ago, Dr. Leija McReynolds and I were frustrated by the lack of an appropriate text for a graduate research seminar on single-subject treatment research for the communication sciences and disorders. At that time, there were very few examples of well-controlled, single-subject studies in our literature to demonstrate the rich potential of this experimental approach. The fruit of our frustration was an elementary text entitled Single-Subject Experimental Designs in Communicative Disorders (McReynolds & Kearns, 1983). This approach was summarized in a series of tutorial articles on the topic (Connell & Thompson, 1986; Kearns, 1986; McReynolds & Thompson, 1986), and these designs are now a primary tool in our clinical research tool kit.
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