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February 08 , 2011

The Clinician's Guide to Reducing Aphasic Perseveration


Patients with aphasia often struggle with perseveration, yet the treatments speech-language pathologists have to address this issue are extremely limited. If you are looking for a treatment for these clients consider The Clinician’s Guide to Reducing Aphasic Perseveration. Designed by the author and based on a theoretical understanding of lexical retrieval and perseveration, Reducing Aphasic Perseveration (RAP) systematically manipulates the time between the presentation of each picture in a target set to gradually reduce the activation of the perseveration and seeks to strengthen the activation of the target using Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA).

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The Clinician’s Guide to Reducing Aphasic Perseveration provides a short and quick overview of the in-and-outs of RAP, including…
– A step-by-step guide to implementing RAP,
– A description the cues and supports needed to tailor RAP for each client,
– A variation of RAP for use with Spanish speakers,
– The theory underpinning the RAP process, and
– The scientific evidence, clinical expertise, and patient perspective associated with RAP.

Emphasizing evidence-based practice, the bibliography includes active links to research articles and conference presentations as a source for additional research. Links to helpful online resources are provided to simplify treatment planning. While stimuli are not included, the author provides links to picture sets available online that can be used to quickly create treatment materials.

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