Using Images With Individuals With Aphasia: Current Research and Clinical Trends Purpose Visuographic supports in the form of images are utilized during assessment and treatment for individuals with aphasia to supplement speech, language, and cognitive losses limiting communication. Clinicians rely on prior experience and intuition to make decisions regarding image-based support design and selection (e.g., augmentative and alternative communication strategies). Researchers ... Review Article
Review Article  |   March 01, 2018
Using Images With Individuals With Aphasia: Current Research and Clinical Trends
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Jessica Brown
    Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
  • Amber Thiessen
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Houston, TX
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Jessica Brown, who is now at the University of Arizona, Tucson: jessicabrown@email.arizona.edu
  • Editor: Margaret Blake
    Editor: Margaret Blake×
  • Associate Editor: Joanne Lasker
    Associate Editor: Joanne Lasker×
  • Publisher Note: This article is part of the Special Issue: Select Papers From the 46th Clinical Aphasiology Conference.
    Publisher Note: This article is part of the Special Issue: Select Papers From the 46th Clinical Aphasiology Conference.×
Article Information
Language Disorders / Aphasia / Special Issue: Select Papers From the 46th Clinical Aphasiology Conference / Review Article
Review Article   |   March 01, 2018
Using Images With Individuals With Aphasia: Current Research and Clinical Trends
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, March 2018, Vol. 27, 504-515. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0190
History: Received October 26, 2016 , Revised March 7, 2017 , Accepted June 19, 2017
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, March 2018, Vol. 27, 504-515. doi:10.1044/2017_AJSLP-16-0190
History: Received October 26, 2016; Revised March 7, 2017; Accepted June 19, 2017

Purpose Visuographic supports in the form of images are utilized during assessment and treatment for individuals with aphasia to supplement speech, language, and cognitive losses limiting communication. Clinicians rely on prior experience and intuition to make decisions regarding image-based support design and selection (e.g., augmentative and alternative communication strategies). Researchers have begun to focus on the relationship between the images and the benefits they provide for adults with aphasia.

Method The aim of this review—resulting from a roundtable discussion at the 2016 Clinical Aphasiology Conference—was to disseminate summaries of current and past researches regarding image use by individuals with aphasia and to highlight areas of need within research and practice.

Results Review of the literature illuminated 4 major themes: (a) image creation, capture, and sharing; (b) image characteristics; (c) image use across linguistic domains and contexts; and (d) implications for clinical and research practices.

Conclusions Reviewing current knowledge and practice regarding the use of visual supports for individuals with aphasia is essential to advancing therapeutic practices and providing evidence-based protocols for creating, selecting, and implementing images within augmentative and alternative communication strategies. Several gaps in knowledge were identified as future research needs (e.g., caregiver training and enhanced image feature investigation).

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