Over the past decade the conceptual model guiding the assessment and treatment of adults with neurologic communication disorders has shifted from a more formal linguistic approach to a functional, pragmatic approach. Traditionally, speech and language tests were designed to evaluate isolated component processes, free from confounding effects of natural contexts. The major focus was on analyzing the comprehension and production of discrete linguistic units (words and grammatical structures). The purposes of testing were to determine the presence and degree of deficit in auditory comprehension, visual/reading comprehension, oral expression, and written expression and to determine the presence/classification of aphasia. Test batteries developed from this approach include the Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Examination (Goodglass & Kaplan, 1972), the Porch Index of Communicative Ability (Porch, 1967), and the Western Aphasia Battery (Kertesz, 1982).
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- Functional Communication
- Aphasic Patient
- Normal Speaker
- Clinical Neuropsychology
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Hartley, L.L. (1990). Assessment of Functional Communication. In: Tupper, D.E., Cicerone, K.D. (eds) The Neuropsychology of Everyday Life: Assessment and Basic Competencies. Foundations of Neuropsychology, vol 2. Springer, Boston, MA. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4613-1503-2_6
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