Assessment of Aphasia / Edition 1

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Spreen and Risser present a comprehensive, critical review of available methods for the assessment of aphasia and related disorders in adults and children. The authors explore test instruments and approaches that have been used traditionally for the diagnosis of aphasia, ranging from bedside screening and ratings, to tests of specific aspects of language, and to comprehensive and psychometrically standardized aphasia batteries. Coverage of other methods reflects newer trends, including the areas of functional communication, testing of bilingual patients, psycholinguistic approaches, and pragmatic and discourse-related aspects of language in everyday life. The authors also examine the expansion of language assessment to individuals with non-aphasic neurological disorders, such as patients with traumatic brain injury, lesions of the right hemisphere, the healthy elderly, and invidulas with dimentia. Taking a flexible and empirical approach to the assessment process in their own clinical practice, Spreen and Risser review numerous test instruments and their source for professionals and students-in-training to choose from in their own use. The introductory chapters cover the history of aphasia assessment, a basic outline of subtypes of aphasia- both neuro-anatomically and psycholinguistically-, and the basic psychometric requirements for assessment instruments. The final part discusses issues in general clinical practice, specifically questions of test selection and interpretation.
The book is a thorough and practical resource for speech and language pathologists, neuropsychologists, and their students and trainees.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Michael J. Bamdad, MA, CCC-SLP(George Washington University)
Description: This worthwhile book introduces a variety of speech, language, and cognitive-linguistic diagnostic tools to the training professional.
Purpose: The purpose of this book, as stated by the authors, is to introduce new clinicians in speech-language pathology and neuropsychology to the variety of diagnostic tools available. It is also considered a tool for upper level graduate coursework. These are worthy objectives and the authors have met them.
Audience: According to the authors, the target audience is new clinicians in speech-language pathology and neuropsychology, as well as students in upper level graduate coursework within these domains.
Features: The book is broken down both by various types of diagnostic tools as well as by disorder area. Areas covered include aphasia assessment as well as diagnostic materials for cognitive-linguistic populations. Pediatric and adult populations are addressed. The organization of the book is exceptional. It is clear and easy to manipulate. There are several tests (i.e., traumatic brain injury; right hemisphere tools) that seem to have inadequate information available. I was pleased to see that these tests were included, but I would have liked to have seen more information for clarification.
Assessment: The book is of high quality and will be very useful to the intended audiences. It is very helpful to have descriptions of such a number and variety of diagnostic tools within one text. To my knowledge, there are no other books available that are this encompassing.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195140750
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

University of Victoria (Emeritus)

University of Houston

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction
1. Introduction to Aphasia Assessment
2. History of Aphasia Assessment
3. Purposes of Assessment
4. Construction Principles of Aphasia Tests
Part II: Contemporary Tests and Methods
5. Clinical(Bedside)Examination
6. Screening Tests
7. Tests of Specific Aspects of Language
8. Functional Communication Measures
9. Comprehensive Test Batteries
Part III: Tests for Children
10. Issues in the Testing of Children
11. Tests for Infants and Young Children
12. Tests for School-Age Children
Part IV: Contemporary Clinical Practice
13. Issues in General Clinical Practice
14. Assessment of Language and Communication Problems in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury and with Lesions of the Non-Dominant Hemisphere
15. Assessment of Language in the Healthy Elderly and in Dementia
16. Aphasia Testing in Foreign-Language and Bilingual Patients
17. Test Choice and Interpretation of Assessment

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