Improving Functional Communication Outcomes in Post-Stroke Aphasia via Telepractice: An Alternative Service Delivery Model for Underserved Populations
Keywords:Aphasia, Conversational script training, Oral reading for language in aphasia, Telepractice
Many persons with aphasia (PWA) have limited access to speech-language treatment (SLT) due to limited funding, speech-language pathologist shortages, geographical barriers, physical disabilities, transportation barriers, and COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose of this study was to determine if telepractice is an effective and feasible service delivery model for PWA. Ten PWA completed 8 hours of remote treatment over 4 weeks. Synchronous telepractice sessions employed Oral Reading for Language in Aphasia (ORLA) and Conversational Script Training (CST). Pre- and post-assessment outcome measures included the Communication Activities of Daily Living-3 (CADL-3) and the Communication Confidence Rating Scale for Aphasia (CCRSA). Participants completed a telepractice satisfaction survey following post-assessment. All participants demonstrated improvements in CCRSA scores, total words produced correctly on trained CST stimuli, and total words produced correctly on trained ORLA stimuli. No differences were noted in CADL-3 scores. All participants were highly satisfied with telepractice as a service delivery model.
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