Augmentative and Alternative Communication Treatment for Persons With Primary Progressive Aphasia
Persons with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) are appearing more frequently in our AAC clinics. The syndrome is identified by the insidious onset and gradual loss of word finding, object naming, or word-comprehension skills with otherwise intact cognitive skills over a 2-year period in adults. Management of persons with this language-based neurodegenerative disease challenges our understanding of language competence and performance in adults. Clients present us with questions about when and how to provide intervention techniques and how to change the treatment as they slowly lose language skills. An AAC framework for intervention during the neurodegenerative language process seen in Nonfluent Progressive Aphasia is proposed. Tools and strategies are presented that have been reported in clinical cases for individual clients.