Bama perks: the use of simulated context as treatment for adults with aphasia

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dc.contributor Allen, Rebecca S.
dc.contributor Buhr, Anthony P.
dc.contributor Cheimariou, Spyridoula
dc.contributor.advisor Barber, Angela B. Tucker, Marie Louise 2017-07-28T14:12:02Z 2017-07-28T14:12:02Z 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002593
dc.identifier.other Tucker_alatus_0004M_13072
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract There is a growing interest in examining the efficacy of aphasia treatment programs that examine meaningful real-life outcomes rather than therapeutic outcomes within structured intervention settings (Chapey et al., 2008). This study measured language abilities, social networks, and quality of life for nine patients with aphasia over a ten-week span during a simulated coffee shop social communication intervention called Bama Perks. Using an evaluative approach, strengths and weaknesses were examined and results supported the feasibility of Bama Perks as a supplement to traditional therapy. Clinician and caregiver measures indicated client improvement in language skills and social communication skills, a growth in social networks, and a reduction in burden of diagnosis. Daily rating scales taken during each Bama Perks session revealed variability with marginal growth across measures of communication function, flexibility, and overall communication production. These findings contribute to growing evidence supporting socially simulated environments as therapeutic contexts for individuals with aphasia.
dc.format.extent 45 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Speech therapy
dc.title Bama perks: the use of simulated context as treatment for adults with aphasia
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Dept. of Communicative Disorders Speech Language Pathology The University of Alabama master's M.S.

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