Tried, tested and trusted?

Language assessment for rehabilitation

Lyndsey Nickels*

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Abstract

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.

Original 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
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Mar 2005

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