Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment: Adult Aphasia Individuals who sustain a CVA may have multiple problems, including dysarthria, apraxia of speech, aphasia, or dysphagia. Traditional speech-language pathology treatment can improve speech, language, and communicative functioning for clients with mild-moderate aphasia. However, for those clients who have more severe impairments, alternative intervention (AAC) must be considered (Fox ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2006
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment: Adult Aphasia
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  • Marilyn J. Buzolich
    Augmentative Communication and Technology Services, San Francisco, CA
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Article   |   December 01, 2006
Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Assessment: Adult Aphasia
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2006, Vol. 16, 4-12. doi:10.1044/nnsld16.4.4
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, December 2006, Vol. 16, 4-12. doi:10.1044/nnsld16.4.4
Individuals who sustain a CVA may have multiple problems, including dysarthria, apraxia of speech, aphasia, or dysphagia. Traditional speech-language pathology treatment can improve speech, language, and communicative functioning for clients with mild-moderate aphasia. However, for those clients who have more severe impairments, alternative intervention (AAC) must be considered (Fox & Fried-Oken, 1996). Table 1 lists several communication problems for which a client may require AAC in the form of a Speech Generating Device (SGD). The table includes the ICD-9 diagnosis code for each of the qualifying conditions, definitions, associated medical diagnosis, speech and language characteristics, differential diagnosis, and SGD implications.
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