Effects of an Interdisciplinary Communication Partner Training Program on Student Learning

Mei Ling Lin, Tyson G. Harmon, Gabrielle Scronce, Adam Jacks

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BACKGROUND: Communication partner training (CPT) involves educating conversation partners to implement communication strategies that facilitate improved interactions with people with aphasia (PWA). This study aimed to investigate (1) whether a CPT program increased the knowledge and confidence of students with and without a communication disorders background and (2) the differential effects of this training on students from different allied health disciplines. METHODS: Quasi-experimental design study with 6 adult volunteers with aphasia and 36 students (18 speech-language pathology [SLP] students and 18 physical therapy/occupational therapy [PT/OT] students). The CPT program was provided twice (in 2015 and 2016) as a single seminar at an American university. RESULTS: All students reported increased confidence in communicating with PWA and were able to identify a greater number of appropriate communication strategies after the CPT than they could identify before the training. The SLP students demonstrated greater aphasia knowledge than the PT/OT students prior to training; only the PT/OT students reported increased knowledge about aphasia after training. DISCUSSION: Involvement of PWA in CPT programs may be particularly important in enabling students to develop confidence in communicating with PWA. Practice opportunities with PWA can be provided as early as the beginning of didactic coursework through an interdisciplinary CPT program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)110-115
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Allied Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2022

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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