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Reading Comprehension in Aphasia

Developing a novel assessment of reading comprehension.

Project description

With funding by The Stroke Association, Julie Morris led this project working with:

The project aimed to produce a reliable and valid assessment of reading comprehension in aphasia. To provide information about the nature of reading difficulties in aphasia.

Aphasia is an acquired language disorder. It can affect the individual's ability to communicate verbally and in writing. Plus, it can affect the individual's ability to understand spoken and written information (i.e. to read). The impact of these difficulties can be profound. This project sought to extend our understanding of the reading difficulties people experience and what this means to them.

The research was informed by discussion with the Aphasia Research User Group (ARUG). Plus, it involved extensive testing with typical readers and readers with aphasia. The findings have extended our understanding of reading in aphasia. As well as producing a clinically useful assessment - CARA: the Comprehensive Assessment of Reading in Aphasia.

The following publications arise directly from the project:

Webster J, Morris J, Howard D, Garraffa M. (2018) Reading for meaning: What influences paragraph understanding in aphasia?. American Journal of Speech and Language Pathology, 27, 423-437.

Webster J, Morris J, Malone J, Howard D. (2020) Reading comprehension difficulties in people with aphasia: Investigating personal perception of reading ability, practice and difficulties. Aphasiology DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2020.1737316