An Evaluation of the Robertson Dysarthria Profile (Revised) with Reference to Cerebral Vascular Accident, Head Injury and Motor Neurone Disease Client Groups

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Abstract

Dysarthria is a motor speech disorder which is both physically disabling and potentially socially isolating. One assessment of this disorder is the Robertson Dysarthria profile (RDP). In the second stage towards a revised version of the RDP (1982), an evaluation of a pilot version of the new profile was carried out. Selective revisions were made to the profile, with reference to the literature and to the findings of a survey of Speech and Language Therapists in England (Andrea, 1994). The resultant pilot version was evaluated with adult acquired dysarthrics. A parallel study was carried out with dysarthrics with Parkinsonism and Multiple Sclerosis by Snowden (1995).

Each section of the profile was analysed to evaluate if certain aspects of the RDP(R) were typical of dysarthria caused by a certain pathology or trauma. Findings supported this hypothesis. Qualitative information as to the effectiveness of the RDP(R) was also collected from both clients and clinicians.
Original languageEnglish
TypeUndergraduate dissertation
PublisherManchester Metropolitan University
Number of pages44
Publication statusPublished - May 1995

Keywords

  • Dysarthria
  • Assessment
  • Motor neurone disease
  • Cerebral Vascular Accident
  • Head Injury

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