Abstract--In this phase I rehabilitation study, we investigated the effects of an intensive phonomotor rehabilitation program on verbal production in a 73-year-old male, 11 years postonset a left-hemisphere stroke, who exhibited apraxia of speech and aphasia.
Key words: aphasia, apraxia of speech, discourse production, mental practice, multisyllabic words, phoneme production, phonomotor rehabilitation, repetition, verbal production, words of increasing length.
This phonomotor treatment approach was employed in a previous investigation for rehabilitation of acquired alexia in two individuals with aphasia and AOS from left-hemisphere stroke .
* Research Question 1: Does phonomotor treatment improve the ability to produce individual phonemes?
* Research Question 2: Do phonomotor treatment effects generalize to repetition of multisyllabic real words and words of increasing length?
* Research Question 3: Do phonomotor treatment effects generalize to measures of perceptual judgment of discourse production by unbiased speech-language pathologists and subject self-report?
A summary of the most relevant findings of speech, language, and phonomotor evaluations conducted at the time of this study is presented in Table 1.
To answer Research Question 1 (Does phonomotor treatment improve the ability to produce individual phonemes?), we presented 16 isolated phonemes represented by line drawings of articulators.
Research Question 2 (Do phonomotor treatment effects generalize to repetition of multisyllabic real words and real words of increasing length?) focused on effects of treatment generalization to mechanisms of speech-motor programming.
To address Research Question 3 (Does phonomotor treatment generalize to measures of discourse production and subject self-report?), we performed two separate assessments.