Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Aphasia Tests

  • Janet P. PattersonEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_860


Aphasia assessment; Aphasia diagnosis; Aphasia evaluation


Tests of aphasia are used to diagnose the type and severity of aphasia and related disorders and to plan intervention for the speech, language, and communication deficits demonstrated by persons who have aphasia following brain injury (PWA). Three types of aphasia tests are commonly used to assess language and communication abilities in PWA: screening tests, comprehensive aphasia batteries, and tests of specific linguistic or communicative function (Patterson 2008, 2015). In addition, assessment of aphasia and its impact on a person’s life includes testing cognitive abilities and related disorders (e.g., memory), testing executive functioning (e.g., attention and planning), observing a person in activities of daily communication (e.g., social functional communication or work-related communication), interviewing the person with aphasia and family members, assessing quality of communication life and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology ServiceVA Northern California Health Care SystemMartinezUSA