These instructions explain how to administer the discourse tasks of the
AphasiaBank protocol and include the detailed script for examiners to
- Allow ample time for participants to reply as fully as possible.
- To facilitate transcription, the examiner's speech, including verbal
encouragers, should be kept to a minimum. Use nonverbal encouragers
(e.g., head nods, facial expressions, eye contact) instead of verbal encouragers (e.g., “I see”, “mhm”, “yeah”) whenever possible.
- For those unable to respond to any of the prompts for the Stroke Story, skip the Important Event task and proceed to the Picture Description #1 (Broken Window). If the participant responds to the Broken Window picture description prompt, continue with the protocol and return to the initial questions if appropriate. If the participant does not respond to the the Broken Window picture and you believe these tasks are too difficult, it is probably best not to continue.