Oral Reading Tasks In Aphasia Therapy
Q: How do you feel about doing oral reading tasks during therapy?
A: I see there are a few ways to work on Oral Reading. Straight oral reading aloud to me is similar to an imitation task. There are times when we have the client read aloud but then redirect him/her to look at us and repeat it from memory.
One activity some clients find of benefit is “Simultaneous Reading and Listening” (SRL). The client reads the text while a text reader says it aloud. About half of our client thinks this has benefits. We really try to avoid imitation tasks so we are more interested in sight reading. When that client has problems with interacting with the keyboard, we use our Keyboarding Module. The SRL task works best when the text reader highlights each word as it speaks it.
About The Expert: Bill Connors, MA, CCC-SLP
Bill Connors, MA, CCC-SLP, specializes in combining technology, neuroscience and learning theory with current evidence and research to advance the treatment of aphasia and related disorders. He began this career in 1975 studying under Dr. Audrey Holland and Dr. Albyn Davis, pioneers in aphasia rehabilitation. His first clinical position was at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf. In conjunction with Dr. Malcolm McNeil and Dr. Patrick Doyle, he founded The Pittsburgh Aphasia Treatment, Research and Education Center in 1999 that offered intensive aphasia treatment. In 2005, he left his position at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to create aphasiatoolbox.com.
Bill is a clinical instructor for the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh and has assisted on numerous research studies in the assessment and treatment of aphasia and related disorders. He is a state representative and member of the Multicultural Task Force for the National Aphasia Association.