Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences

First Advisor

Gail Ramsberger

Second Advisor

Kathryn Hardin

Third Advisor

Brenda Schick


Communication partner training has been shown to result in greater communication success between people with aphasia (PWA) and their significant others/caregivers (SO/Cs). A single-subject design was utilized to examine the effectiveness of communication partner training workshops for four PWA and their SO/Cs. To examine the clinical significance of this intervention, results were evaluated according to three parameters: symptomatology, quality of life, and social validity. Data was collected through use of standardized surveys, non-standardized measures, and Conversation Analysis. Quantitative and qualitative analyses suggested that this intervention resulted in improved communication success between PWA and their SO/Cs. In addition, the intervention appeared to benefit dyads through reducing the symptomatology of aphasia. A proposed outline for communication partner intervention is provided, but future research is needed to develop and refine the curriculum.