A one-hour Blissymbol in-service training program was developed for presentation to staff members of a skilled nursing facility. The purpose was to determine whether the program would produce significant learning to justify its use in similar facilities to bridge the communication gap between nonspeaking/nonwriting aphasic patients who communicate with Blissymbols and their direct care personnel as well as family members and others who are significant in their lives.
After development, the in-service program was given two "dry-runs" in skilled nursing facilities similar to the "study facility". It was then revised to improve clarity and to make it fit within time limitations. Following revision, it was presented to the study group of six participants preceded by a pretest and followed by a post test.
Specific manner of measurement was the use of t test of matching pairs (p ≤ 009). This indicates that the Blissymbol inservice training program developed in this research was an instructive, target specific, beneficial teaching device.
E. Evelyn Britt
Melvin S. Cohen
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Aphasics -- Rehabilitation.
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McGann, Susan H., "Implementing Augmentative Communication for Aphasic Patients in Convalescent Facilities" (1983). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 1077.
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