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Brain Lang. 2008 Apr;105(1):1-17. doi: 10.1016/j.bandl.2007.11.007. Epub 2008 Jan 30.

Phoneme-based rehabilitation of anomia in aphasia.

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VA RR&D Brain Rehabilitation Research Center, Malcom Randall DVA Medical Center University of Florida, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32608-1197, USA.


This study investigated the effects of phonologic treatment for anomia in aphasia. We proposed that if treatment were directed at the level of the phonologic processor, opportunities for naming via a phonological route, as opposed to a strictly whole word route, would be enhanced, thereby improving naming. The participants, ten people with anomia and aphasia due to left hemisphere stroke, received 96 h of phoneme based treatment in 12 weeks. To learn if treatment improved naming, a single-subject, repeated probe design with replication was employed. The primary outcome measure was confrontation naming. Secondary outcome measures included phonologic production, nonword repetition and discourse production. Results suggest a positive treatment effect (confrontation naming), improvements in phonologic production and nonword repetition, and generalization to discourse production. When tested 3 months after the completion of treatment the effects appeared to be maintained.

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