The Adler Aphasia Center is conducting applied research that has been published in professional journals and presented at national and international conferences. To view articles or posters click on the following links.
   Recent Professional Publications and Presentations

"Script Training in a Bilingual Person With Aphasia: A Case Study"
- November 2014, ASHA Convention, Orlando, FL



Poster Overview: The poster describes a case study of a bilingual male with Broca’s aphasia who received script training at the Adler Aphasia Center. Treatment was conducted in English for three semesters and Spanish for one semester. Post-treatment results showed improvement in comprehension and production of both English and Spanish.
"Script training and its application to everyday life observed in an aphasia center"
- May 2014, Clinical Aphasiology Conference, St. Simon’s Island, GA



Presentation Overview: Results from four persons with aphasia (PWA), who received script training at the Adler Aphasia Center are reported. Three of the PWA were identified by treating clinicians as successful and one PWA was identified as unsuccessful with script training. Clinical judgment of success is compared to objective measures of script content and efficiency (percent script related words produced/omitted, words per minute) and to a standardized test battery. Results indicate objective measures were generally consistent with clinician judgments. The carryover of script training and factors that contribute to “success” or lack thereof with script training are discussed.
"Assessing the long term impact of aphasia center participation"
- May 2014, Clinical Aphasiology Conference, St. Simon’s Island, GA



Presentation Overview: This presentations discusses our ongoing investigation of the impact of participation at two community-based aphasia centers that are grounded in group interaction and intensive in terms of participation time. Results of initial and one-year follow-up data revealed statistically significant changes in functional communication (CADL-2) and growth in confidence (RIC-CCRSA) that were maintained over the 2nd year. Changes in language function (WAB-R) were not above the standard error of the mean after one year. Changes over one year of participation in the Centers yielded statistically significant changes on the ALA. Findings suggest measurable language and psychosocial benefits of the Life Participation Approach for Aphasia.
"Using Mobile Technology with Individuals with aphasia: Native iPad Features and Everyday Apps"
- Seminars in Speech & Language, Volume 35, Issue 1, February 2014
"How to Use Apps Clincally in the Treatment of Aphasia"
- Seminars in Speech and Language, Volume 33, Number 3, August 2012

"Teaching Nursing Assistant Students about Aphasia and Communication"
- Seminars in Speech and Language, Volume 32, Number 3, August 2011

"Aphasia Centers in North America: A Survey"
- Seminars in Speech and Language, Volume 32, Number 3, August 2011

"The ABC's of Aphasia"
- Neurology Now, June/July 2011

"The Adler Aphasia Center: Lessons Learned and Future Directions Suggested"
- June 2010, International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Montreal, Canada

Poster Overview: "Aphasia Centers" differ conceptually from more general rehabilitation programs and typically offer services such as conversation groups, leisure activities, and other participation-oriented activities. This poster describes the Adler Aphasia Center's most effective programming and advocacy efforts, with the goal of helping others to benefit from our experiences in building or expanding on existing programs. It also reports on findings from a recent survey of aphasia centers in North America that attests to the growth of the Center movement. Finally, it describes the assessment battery the center uses to evaluate its overall efforts, a process that is integral for turning the nascent Center movement into long term sustainable services for individuals with aphasia.

"Aphasia 101: People with aphasia educating the community"
- June, 2010 International Aphasia Rehabilitation Conference, Montreal, Canada

Poster Overview: This poster describes a 60 minute in-service module developed and presented by members of our Education & Training group to employees at a neighboring manufacturing company. Following the program, attendees completed an optional survey to assess knowledge of aphasia and learning outcomes. Many attendees reported that they learned about aphasia and stroke, increased their sensitivity toward people with aphasia, and gained knowledge of communication strategies. The results of the survey analysis suggest that the Aphasia 101 program had the desired effect of promoting aphasia education and awareness in the community. The mutual benefits of this type of program are examined as they relate to increasing social awareness of aphasia and promoting community re-engagement for people with aphasia.

"Aphasia Center Takes the Stage"
The ASHA Leader, 3/16/2010
"Technology Applications at the Adler Aphasia Center"
- Topics of Stroke Rehabilitation, Vol. 15 / Number 6 Nov/Dec08, Chrysa Golashesky, BS,MBA, Technology Coach, Adler Aphasia Center
"A teaching model to improve nursing assistants' knowledge of aphasia and communication strategies"
- May 2010, Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Isle of Palms, SC

Poster Overview: It is common for people with aphasia, whether in the hospital, a nursing facility, or at home, to rely on nursing assistants for their health and personal care. This poster presents results from a unique program to teach nursing assistant students about aphasia and communication strategies that is co-instructed by a person with aphasia and an SLP from the Adler Aphasia Center. Comparison of pre- and posttest results from 195 participating students indicates that nursing assistant students improved their knowledge of aphasia after participating in this 75-minute module. Implications for both nursing assistants and people with aphasia are discussed.

"Potential benefits of participating in an aphasia theater program"
- May 2009, Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Keystone, CO

Poster Overview: While there is substantial literature attesting to the benefits of music and art therapies for people with aphasia (Hobson, 2006; Peterson, 2006), there is little concerning their participation in theater. Although the value of drama groups in increasing confidence, belonging, and group cohesion across a range of disabling conditions has been documented (Moreno, 1985; Landy, 1994), they are seldom undertaken with people with aphasia. This poster describes the Adler Aphasia Center’s theater program and provides qualitative data discussing the reasons our members joined the program and the identified benefits they gained from participation. Psychosocial, linguistic, and recreational/vocational benefits are discussed.

"Development of an Aphasia training program for medical residents"
- May 2009, Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Keystone, CO; November 2009, ASHA Conference, New Orleans, LA

Poster Overview: Reports from our members suggest that people with aphasia do not receive the same access to medical professionals as people without language disorders. This poster describes a training program for medical residents to increase sensitivity, awareness, empathy, and communication between them and their patients with aphasia. Participating medical residents report such a training program to be beneficial. We anticipate that this increased aphasia awareness, sensitivity, and knowledge of communication strategies will translate into improved healthcare services for their future patients with aphasia.

"Wii™-habilitation and aphasia groups: Systematic observation of communicative acts during four aphasia Wii™ groups"
- May 2009, Clinical Aphasiology Conference, Keystone, CO; November 2009, ASHA Conference, New Orleans, LA

Poster Overview: The incorporation of an Aphasia Wii™ Group at the Adler Aphasia Center is examined. Systematic observation of aphasia groups using the Wii™ Sports game demonstrates that it provides opportunities for various communicative acts and psychosocial benefits. Qualitative methods are used to analyze and discuss identified benefits, and areas for further research are identified.