The Importance of Therapeutic Time On Task.
Malcolm Gladwell, in his best selling book Outliers ( #5 New York Times) http://www.nytimes.com/pages/
All too often, the critical nature of independent and/or supported practice is not appreciated sufficiently in traditional aphasia treatment. For example, I reviewed an article in Seminars in Speech and Language ( vol 30, August, 2009 , pp. 174-186, http://www.thieme-connect.de/
The need for plenty of patient practice has support from many points of view. Common sense tells us, "Practice makes perfect." Educators present clear positions on the need for time on task for effective learning. As Cathy Vetternott proposes in Rethinking Homework, 2009, "Teachers know that learning certain skills require practice to perfect, and often homework is used for practice." Reconnecting skills in aphasia rehabilitation likewise requires lots of practice.
The literature and research on intensive treatment programs for aphasia does demonstrate a strong support for progress supplied by hours of practice in the clinic setting (http://etd.lsu.edu/docs/
In our next newsletter we will present an amazing case study of what lots of therapeutic time on task (TTOP) using tools and activities can accomplish. We will see how the Aphasia Sight Reader at www.aphasiatoolbox.com affordably provides, in a simple to use manner, unlimited stimuli and practice for speech pathologist, clients and caregivers. No aphasia practice should be without a tool such as this.