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AAC strategies for people with primary progressive aphasia without dementia: Two case studies

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TitleAAC strategies for people with primary progressive aphasia without dementia: Two case studies
Publication TypeJournal Article
AbstractDescribes the development of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) strategies for 2 people with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) without dementia. The degenerative brain disease PPA affects language but not intelligence. In Case 1, a woman (aged 59 yrs) was helped by AAC technicians to develop a communication book that could help her communicate with family and friends. The book included items such as maps of her state and her house. She also created picture cards to assist in grocery shopping. In Case 2, a retired male professor (aged 60 yrs) in conjunction with his family and a therapist developed a communication board that provided symbols to help substitute for conversation. In both cases Ss provided longer, more complex messages using the adopted props and strategies. It is concluded that clinicians should emphasize the development and introduction of AAC techniques to augment the client's own strategies.
AuthorsCress, C. J., and King J. M.
Year of Publication1999
Date PublishedDec
PublicationAAC: Augmentative and Alternative Communication
Volume15
Issue4
Pages248-259
ISSN0743-4618 (print), 1477-3848 (electronic)
Publisher DOIhttp://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07434619912331278785
Notesadult, aphasia, assessment, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), intervention, language, primary progressive aphasia (PPA), progressive impairment
Keywords (MeSH)aphasia, communication, communication aids for disabled, language
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