Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Functional Assessment of Communication Skills for Adults

  • Carole Roth
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_854



The ASHA-FACS was designed as a quick and easily administered measure of functional communication behaviors at the level of disability, based on direct observations by speech-language pathologists or significant others who are familiar with the client’s typical communication performance across the following domains: Social Communication; Communication of Basic Needs; Reading, Writing, and Number Concepts; and Daily Planning. Within each domain, specific functional behaviors are rated on a 7-point scale of independence, ranging from “does” the activity fully independently, through five levels of “does with” varying degrees of assistance to “does not” perform the activity. For example, Social Communication concerns the ability to use names of familiar people, exchange information on the telephone, answer yes/no question and follow directions, understand facial expressions and tone of voice, comprehend nonliteral meaning, and understand TV and radio...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carole Roth
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  1. 1.Otolaryngology Clinic, Speech DivisionNaval Medical CenterSan DiegoUSA