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For the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Networking Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Published:March 16, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2022.02.014
      As members of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification Networking Group of the American Congress of Rehabilitation, we want to express our appreciation for the collection of articles applying the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System (RTSS) to the domain of aphasia therapy.
      • Basilakos A
      • Hula WD
      • Phillip Johnson L
      • et al.
      Defining the neurobiological mechanisms of action in aphasia therapies: applying the RTSS framework to research and practice in aphasia.
      • Boyle M
      • Gordon JK
      • Harnish SM
      • et al.
      Evaluating cognitive-linguistic approaches to interventions for aphasia within the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System.
      • Cherney LR
      • DeDe G
      • Hoover EL
      • et al.
      Applying the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System to functional communication treatment approaches for aphasia.
      • Fridriksson J
      • Basilakos A
      • Boyle M
      • et al.
      Demystifying the complexity of aphasia treatment: application of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System.
      Overall, the overview and 3 accompanying articles that apply the RTSS to neurobiological, cognitive-linguistic, and functional communication treatment approaches offered a positive assessment of the utility of the RTSS. The authors argued that the RTSS's conceptual framework could improve the design and replication of aphasia treatment research and the aggregation of evidence across studies. They also postulated that the RTSS can help educators train, clinicians deliver, and supervisors ensure the fidelity of evidence-based aphasia treatments.
      • Fridriksson J
      • Basilakos A
      • Boyle M
      • et al.
      Demystifying the complexity of aphasia treatment: application of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System.
      Achieving these effects will ultimately require effort to implement and disseminate RTSS-based treatment descriptions. Thus, the authors explored the potential benefits of applying the RTSS to specific aphasia therapies as well as the challenges they encountered in doing so.
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