Graduation Year


Graduation Month


Document Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

School or Department

Communicative Sciences and Disorders


Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor Department

Communicative Sciences and Disorders

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Catherine Off

Faculty Reader(s)

Jenna Griffin


ICAP, Aphasia treatment

Subject Categories

Health Communication | Other Communication | Social and Behavioral Sciences


Background: Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Programs (ICAPs) are a service delivery model for stroke survivors who have a communication impairment called aphasia. ICAPs have grown in popularity in recent years. These cohort-based programs take place for multiple hours per day, for at least two weeks, making them intensive. The ICAP service delivery model applies a variety of session types and individualized treatment approaches and provides family/care partner training making it comprehensive.

Aims: This literature review explores current literature to determine if a correspondence between the type of treatments provided or the therapeutic intensity and the stroke survivor’s language outcomes.

Main Contributions: Language and communication abilities of stroke survivors have been shown to improve following participation in ICAPs. A variety of different types of treatment approaches for aphasia are implemented during these ICAPs. Additionally, these ICAPs also vary in terms of their therapeutic intensity ratio (TIR), or overall intensity.

Conclusions: As a result of the multiple variables involved in the ICAP model, the cause of the positive language and communication outcomes cannot be concluded. Future research should be directed at determining which of these variables contributes the most to positive language outcomes.

Honors College Research Project


GLI Capstone Project




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