Use of a Popular Comic Strip Character as a Teaching Tool in Aphasia: The Case for “Grandpa Jim” This article describes how the use of a popular media character who survived a stroke (Grandpa Jim of the For Better or For Worse comic strip) was incorporated into classroom instruction on aphasia. Episodes about the character were reviewed and response questions were developed for 29 graduate students enrolled in ... Article
Article  |   October 2011
Use of a Popular Comic Strip Character as a Teaching Tool in Aphasia: The Case for “Grandpa Jim”
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Carolyn M. Mayo
    Speech Program/Department of English, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
  • © 2011 American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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Special Populations / Professional Issues & Training / Language Disorders / Aphasia / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions
Article   |   October 2011
Use of a Popular Comic Strip Character as a Teaching Tool in Aphasia: The Case for “Grandpa Jim”
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2011, Vol. 14, 46-56. doi:10.1044/ihe14.2.46
SIG 10 Perspectives on Issues in Higher Education, October 2011, Vol. 14, 46-56. doi:10.1044/ihe14.2.46

This article describes how the use of a popular media character who survived a stroke (Grandpa Jim of the For Better or For Worse comic strip) was incorporated into classroom instruction on aphasia. Episodes about the character were reviewed and response questions were developed for 29 graduate students enrolled in an adult language disorders course. The assessment of Grandpa Jim’s poststroke speech and language skills, his internal thoughts, his communication and emotional interactions with various family members and health professionals, and the behavioral and emotional reactions of family members were addressed in questions. Student reactions to this instructional format are presented.

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