What is Functional?

Elman, Roberta J. and Bemstein-Ellis, Ellen (1995) What is Functional? [Journal (Paginated)]

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It has become almost impossible to write a treatment plan or submit a claim to a third party payor without using the word "functional." A speech-language pathologist must identify "functional" goals, use "functional" tasks, and show "functional" gains, or reimbursement for treatment is likely to be denied. The present paper argues that the definition of functional has changed over time and now is synonymous with "basic skills". This terminological evolution has far reaching implications for choosing our treatment candidates and determining treatment goals, as well as dramatically influencing the future of clinical aphasiology.

Item Type: Journal (Paginated)
Additional Information: Copyright by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. Used with permission.
Depositing User: Demetrios Ioannides
Date Deposited: 24 Oct 2003
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2016 15:13
Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference > Clinical Aphasiology Conference (1995 : 25th : Sunriver, OR : June 1995)
Location: Sunriver, Or.
Publisher: American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Journal or Publication Title: American Journal of Speech Language Pathology
Volume: 4
Number: 4
Publication Location: Rockville, Md.
ISSN: 1058-0360
URI: http://aphasiology.pitt.edu/id/eprint/300

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