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Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies (Adult)

Rietdijk, R., Simpson, G., Togher, L., Power, E., & Gillett, L. (2013). An exploratory prospective study of the association between communication skills and employment outcomes after severe traumatic brain injury. Brain injury?:] 27(7-8), 812–8.

A preliminary prospective longitudinal study in which employment status at follow up was strongly correlated with FAVRES Accuracy and Rationale scores.

Parrish, C., Roth, C., Roberts, B., & Davie, G. (2009). Assessment of Cognitive-Communicative Disorders of Mild Traumatic Brain Injury Sustained in Combat. Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 19(2), 47–57.

FAVRES was selected as part of a speech-language pathology assessment battery for soldiers with mild brain injuries sustained in combat and revealed reduced speed and efficiency of performance on complex communication tasks.

Schneider SL, Haack L, Owens J, Herrington DP, & Z. A. (2009). An Interdisciplinary Treatment Approach for Soldiers With TBI/PTSD: Issues and Outcomes. Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, 19(2), 31–33.

FAVRES was selected as part of the speech-language pathology assessment protocol for soldiers with TBI and PTSD. FAVRES is used to assess complex comprehension, discourse, verbal reasoning and executive functions.

Hughes, J., & Orange, J. B. (2007). Mapping Functional Communication Measurements for Traumatic Brain Injury to the WHO-ICF Représenter les mesures de communication fonctionnelle des traumatismes cranio-cérébraux par rapport à la CIF. Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, 31(3), 134–143.

The FAVRES, along with two other functional communication measures, was analyzed in terms of the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning and Disability (ICF) conceptual framework. The FAVRES was considered to be an “Activity” level evaluation tool. Click to view article

Macdonald, S., & Johnson, C. J. (2005). Assessment of subtle cognitive-communication deficits following acquired brain injury: A normative study of the Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies (FAVRES). Brain Injury, 19(11), 895–902.

A normative study comparing the performance of adults with ABI to that of adults with no history of brain injury. Key findings of the study were that “FAVRES scores clearly differentiated the performances of individuals with and without ABI. Individuals with ABI were slower and less accurate in reasoning and presented fewer adequate rationales for their decisions.”

Isaki, E. M. I., & Turkstra, L. Y. N. (2000). Communication abilities and work re-entry following traumatic brain injury. Brain Injury, 14 (5): 441-453.

Two subtests of the FAVRES, the scheduling task and planning an event task, were used in a study, which investigated cognitive-communication performance and return to work. The study indicated that the FAVRES tasks were among the most discriminating in differentiating individuals who had and had not returned to work.

Student Version: Functional Assessment of Verbal Reasoning and Executive Strategies (SFAVRES)

Turkstra, L. S. & Byom, L. J. (2010). Executive Functions and Communication in Adolescents. The ASHA Leader., (December 21).

SFAVRES recommended as a higher level assessment for adolescents with executive functions deficits.

Newsome, M. R., Scheibel, R. S., Hanten, G., Chu, Z., Steinberg, J. L., Hunter, J. V, … Levin, H. S. (2010). Brain activation while thinking about the self from another person’s perspective after traumatic brain injury in adolescents. Neuropsychology, 24(2), 139–47.

Student FAVRES selected as a measure of every day living executive function skills. Adolescents with TBI performed below peers without brain injury on SFAVRES.