Tried, tested and trusted?: Language assessment for rehabilitation

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This chapter provides a critical review of clinical assessments used to evaluate acquired language impairments. It reviews assessments aimed at examining both language functions ('impairment'-based approaches), and language activities ('functional' measures). In particular, it discusses the adequacy of these assessments as tools in the rehabilitation process. The chapter concludes that rehabilitation focused assessment should be hypothesis-driven and goal-focused, and that broad-ranging, comprehensive assessments are inappropriate. This chapter provides a critical review of clinical assessments used to evaluate acquired language impairments. It reviews assessments aimed at examining both language functions ('impairment'-based approaches), and language activities ('functional' measures). In particular it discusses the adequacy of these assessments as tools in the rehabilitation process. For example, do the assessments lead to a clear description of the language function? If they are to be used to measure treatment efficacy, do they have good test-retest reliability and are they sensitive to change? In addition, the question is raised as to whether there is any relationship between performance on measures of language function and degree of impairment in language activities. The chapter concludes that rehabilitation focused assessment should be hypothesis-driven and goal-focused, and that broad-ranging, comprehensive assessments are inappropriate.

LanguageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Effectiveness of Rehabilitation for Cognitive Deficits
EditorsPeter W. Halligan, Derick T. Wade
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages169-184
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9780191689420
ISBN (Print)0198526547, 9780198526544
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Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2005

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Nickels, L. (2005). Tried, tested and trusted? Language assessment for rehabilitation. In P. W. Halligan, & D. T. Wade (Eds.), The Effectiveness of Rehabilitation for Cognitive Deficits (pp. 169-184). Oxford: Oxford University Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198526544.003.0015
Nickels, Lyndsey. / Tried, tested and trusted? Language assessment for rehabilitation. The Effectiveness of Rehabilitation for Cognitive Deficits. editor / Peter W. Halligan ; Derick T. Wade. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005. pp. 169-184
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Tried, tested and trusted? Language assessment for rehabilitation. / Nickels, Lyndsey.

The Effectiveness of Rehabilitation for Cognitive Deficits. ed. / Peter W. Halligan; Derick T. Wade. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2005. p. 169-184.

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