Association for Behavior Analysis International

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50th Annual Convention; Philadelphia, PA; 2024

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Panel #335
CE Offered: BACB
Behaviorally-Oriented Communication Interventions for People With Aphasia
Sunday, May 26, 2024
4:00 PM–4:50 PM
Convention Center, 100 Level, 105 AB
Area: VRB; Domain: Theory
CE Instructor: Jane Button, M.Ed.
Chair: Jane Button (Linggo )
SHAWNA ASHLEY FLEMING (Evergreen Communication Therapy, Linggo)
BRITTANY CLARK (Evergreen Communication Therapy)

Aphasia is an idiosyncratic acquired language disorder, often caused by stroke. Typically, individuals with aphasia receive low-dose Speech Language Pathology (SLP) therapy within the first year post-stroke and while some improvements are noted, multiple studies have established that intensive therapeutic interventions are most effective. Behaviourally-oriented approaches have been shown to be effective for other conditions, but are not commonly employed in the treatment of aphasia. A history of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for this population will be outlined and discussed. The presentation will review data sets of individuals with various types of aphasia and how verbal operants and stimulus control transfer procedures can be used to create individualised treatment approaches. Presenters will include a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP) who will focus on discussing behaviourally-oriented intensive aphasia program and Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBA)s who will discuss classifying aphasia and applying a verbal behavior theoretical analysis (including verbal operants, verbal operant assessment, and stimulus control transfer) to aphasia research.

Instruction Level: Intermediate
Target Audience:

Individuals should have knowledge in verbal behavior, particularly in understanding the elementary verbal operants and the role that stimulus control plays in acquiring new behaviors.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) Describe how Speech-Language Pathologists and Board-Certified Behavior Analysts can collaborate in providing effective aphasia therapy (2) Contrast a linguistic vs. behavioral interpretation of aphasia



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