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CARA: Comprehensive Assessment of Reading in Aphasia

CARA: Comprehensive Assessment of Reading in Aphasia

Designed for speech and language therapists to assess reading in people with aphasia.

About CARA

This assessment emerges from a research project funded by the Stroke Association. The Comprehensive Assessment of Reading in Aphasia (CARA) will soon be available for buy.

We designed CARA with and for people with aphasia, and speech language therapists. It provides a comprehensive profile of someone’s reading.

It offers linguistic sub-tests examining single word, sentence and paragraph level comprehension.

CARA also allows consideration of the person’s feelings and preferences about reading. It uses a questionnaire and reading activity task.

There are also optional sub-tests focused on reading aloud.

Online and traditional testing

We know that speech language therapists currently use a variety of assessments to consider reading. CARA brings these together into one test.

Our users told us they wanted traditional printed hard copies of the test and an online version. The online version of the test collates and summarises responses. This creates a report on completion.

The speech language therapist can use this report when planning further assessment and treatment.

Register your interest

For more about information about the CARA please e-mail aphasia@ncl.ac.uk.

We can also notify you of any updates. We look forward to releasing the CARA shortly.

The following publications discuss the research which underpins CARA:

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.

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