Thesis Title

Interactive Guided Imagery: Applications In Speech-Language Pathology

Date of Graduation

Spring 2001


Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders


Communication Sciences and Disorders

Committee Chair

Julie Stierwalt

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders


The purpose of this investigation was to determine if the use of Interactive Guided Imagery would increase the communicative output of a client who was nonverbal secondary to a severe brain-injury. Twenty-one treatment sessions were recorded to measure the number of unsolicited vocalizations, number of intelligible yes/no approximations, and latency of verbal responses. Responses were also categorized by conversational topic. These measures were compared to questionnaires regarding sleep, nutrition, pain, medication cycles, and psychological factors that were completed by the participant's mother. When the initial half of the treatment sessions were compared to the final half, no significant differences were found in the dependent measures. Based on these results, the hypothesis that imagery might increase the communicative output of this nonverbal brain injured client was not supported.


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