Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Communication Sciences and Disorders

First Advisor

Dr. Theresa Mata-Pistokache

Second Advisor

Dr. Ruth Crutchfield

Third Advisor

Mr. James Culbertson


Aphasia is a neurogenic disorder, most commonly caused by stroke, which affects speaking, listening, reading, and/or writing skills. Persons with aphasia are typically left with communication limitations despite unaffected cognition. Many of the standardized assessments available for aphasia examination are not realistic instruments. Formal assessments are time consuming and rarely include multicultural or multilingual materials. The clinician must allow every opportunity for the PWA to demonstrate their communicative abilities during an aphasia assessment. This requires providing stimuli materials relevant to the PWA’s culture, assessing in the PWA’s primary language, and conducting the exam quickly to prevent fatigue. The ECLS-B is an informal aphasia screener developed for English-dominant, monolingual speech pathologists. It serves as practical assessment of communication skills for Spanish- or English-dominant PWA in the acute setting. The ECLS-B examines cognitive-linguistic skills, auditory comprehension, and oral expression.


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