Title

BSAP: Language and Psychosocial Outcomes for Stroke Survivors

Presentation Type

Poster

Abstract

Aphasia is an acquired impairment of language resulting from a focal brain lesion that impacts speaking, listening, reading, and writing (Papathanasiou & Coppens, 2013). More than 200,000 individuals in the United States acquire aphasia every year (National Aphasia Association, 2014). Intensive comprehensive aphasia programs (ICAPS) are specialized therapy protocols designed to help individuals who suffer from aphasia secondary to stroke. These emerging programs help clients improve their quality of life and daily functioning by building communication skills. The Big Sky Aphasia Program (BSAP) is an ICAP housed in the RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic at the University of Montana. This program has been under development since the summer of 2011. Currently, BSAP runs twice per year, for five weeks at a time. This model incorporates weekly caregiver counseling, and strives for client/caregiver satisfaction. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the ICAP evidence base by examining outcome measures from the perspectives of researchers, clinicians, and clients. Student clinician feedback, caregiver perspectives, and participant communication outcomes will be reported and discussed with an emphasis on socio functional skill improvement.

Category

Humanities

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BSAP: Language and Psychosocial Outcomes for Stroke Survivors

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Aphasia is an acquired impairment of language resulting from a focal brain lesion that impacts speaking, listening, reading, and writing (Papathanasiou & Coppens, 2013). More than 200,000 individuals in the United States acquire aphasia every year (National Aphasia Association, 2014). Intensive comprehensive aphasia programs (ICAPS) are specialized therapy protocols designed to help individuals who suffer from aphasia secondary to stroke. These emerging programs help clients improve their quality of life and daily functioning by building communication skills. The Big Sky Aphasia Program (BSAP) is an ICAP housed in the RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic at the University of Montana. This program has been under development since the summer of 2011. Currently, BSAP runs twice per year, for five weeks at a time. This model incorporates weekly caregiver counseling, and strives for client/caregiver satisfaction. The purpose of this study is to contribute to the ICAP evidence base by examining outcome measures from the perspectives of researchers, clinicians, and clients. Student clinician feedback, caregiver perspectives, and participant communication outcomes will be reported and discussed with an emphasis on socio functional skill improvement.