Assessment of Aphasia

Hardcover | November 15, 2002

byOtfried Spreen, Anthony H. Risser

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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 bedsidescreening 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, andinvidulas 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 chapterscover 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 testselection 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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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 bedsidescreening and ratings, to tests of specific ...

Otfried Spreen is Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria. Anthony H. Risser is at University of Houston.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 5.98 × 9.29 × 1.3 inPublished:November 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0195140753

ISBN - 13:9780195140750

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Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction1. Introduction to Aphasia Assessment2. History of Aphasia Assessment3. Purposes of Assessment4. Construction Principles of Aphasia TestsPart II: Contemporary Tests and Methods5. Clinical(Bedside)Examination6. Screening Tests7. Tests of Specific Aspects of Language8. Functional Communication Measures9. Comprehensive Test BatteriesPart III: Tests for Children10. Issues in the Testing of Children11. Tests for Infants and Young Children12. Tests for School-Age ChildrenPart IV: Contemporary Clinical Practice13. Issues in General Clinical Practice14. Assessment of Language and Communication Problems in Patients with Traumatic Brain Injury and with Lesions of the Non-Dominant Hemisphere15. Assessment of Language in the Healthy Elderly and in Dementia16. Aphasia Testing in Foreign-Language and Bilingual Patients17. Test Choice and Interpretation of Assessment

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"Assessment of Aphasia consists of short, easily digested chapters that cover the basics of both test construction and assessment principles in general, with descriptions of an admirably thorough list of tests for use in children, adults, and populations with unique considerations." --JINS