Title

Aphasia therapy in a bilingual speaker: treatment in language one with spousal support in language two

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing

ISSN

1361-3286

Volume

5

Issue

2

DOI

10.1179/136132800805577013

First Page

137

Last Page

142

Publication Date

1-1-2000

Abstract

This report documents the progress of a 38-year-old man with aphasia (1.5 years post-stroke), BB, following eight weeks of outpatient ‘Conducting Conversation’ (CC) aphasia therapy. The CC approach used the patient's wife, MB, to provide the therapy, with the speech-language pathologist as the ‘conductor’, encouraging both members of the dyad to respond in a manner conducive to effective communication. Interaction during therapy sessions occurred in English, whereas their communication with one another occurred in Ilicano. The couple requested English as the language of choice for therapy. The nature of CC therapy was such that they could ‘practice’ in either language. Increases in verbal output, coherence, and communication independence and decreases in conversation repairs in English were documented.

Comments

Journal Title Note: Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing (ISSN: 1361-3286) from 1996-2012. Currently known as Speech, Language and Hearing (ISSN: 2050-571X).