Semantic feature analysis as a treatment for aphasic dysnomia: A replication

Carl A. Coelho, Regina E. Mchugh, Mary Boyle

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Semantic Feature Analysis (SFA) is a treatment technique designed to improve lexical retrieval by increasing the level of activation within a semantic network. The purpose of this study was to replicate the Boyle and Coelho (1995) study in which SFA was applied with a mild non-fluent aphasic individual resulting in improved confrontation naming of trained and untrained items but no generalization to connected speech. The present study investigated whether a comparable treatment effect could be demonstrated, and to what extent severity and type aphasia might impact overall outcome. SFA was applied to an individual with a moderate fluent aphasia secondary to a closed head injury. Gains in confrontation naming of both trained and untrained stimulus pictures were noted as well as measures of connected speech. Potential explanations for these findings are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-142
Number of pages10
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2000


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