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American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Functional Assessment of Communication Skills

  • Sarita AustinEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6435-8_1956-3



The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Functional Assessment of Communication Skills (ASHA FACS) measures and provides tools to monitor the functional communication of adults with certain speech, language, and cognition disorders. Functional communication is the ability to effectively and independently communicate by sending or receiving messages, whether the individual uses speech, sign, pictures, or a speech-generating machine to convey the message.

Historical Background

This test was first published in 1995 to measure the ability of adults with left-hemisphere stroke and traumatic brain injury to execute their daily communication tasks. An addendum to this test was published in 2004 that included normative data from individuals with right-hemisphere stroke, progressive neurological disease, and Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias but not adults with communication deficits related to autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The extended...

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  1. 1.New YorkUSA