About The Authors

Robyn O’Halloran, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer in the Disicpline of Speech Pathology at La Trobe Univeristy, and Research Speech Pathologist at St Vincent’s Hospital, in Melbourne, Australia. She completed her Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech and Hearing ) at Curtin University, Perth, Australia, and her M.Phil and PhD in Speech Pathology at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Linda Worrall, PhD, B. Sp. Therapy, is a Professor Emerita of Speech Pathology at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia and current Chairperson of the Australian Aphasia Association. She completed her undergraduate degree in speech pathology at The University of Queensland but then completed her PhD in the Stroke Research Unit in Nottingham, UK.

Deborah Toffolo, M. App. Sci., B. App. Sci., is a Practicing Speech Pathologist and Rehabilitation Case Manager at Access Brain Injury Services in Sydney, Australia. She established this service in 1995, in response to the need for specialized rehabilitation services for people with traumatic brain injury following discharge from hospital.

Chris Code, PhD, MA, LCST, is Fellow of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a licenced speech and language therapist and a Chartered Psychologist. He is currently Honorary Professorial Research Fellow in the Department of Psychology, University of Exeter, England, past Foundation Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Sydney, past Research Manager and Regional Development Advisor for Speakability, UK, visiting Professor at the Universities of Bremen, Germany, Linkoping, Sweden and Louisiana at Lafayette, USA.

Table Of Contents

Foreword by Nina Simmons-Mackie





Chapter 1. Overview

Chapter 2. Rationale for the IFCI: SAI

Chapter 3. IFCI – Screening Questionnaire

Chapter 4. The Inpatient Functional Communication Interview (IFCI)

Chapter 5. Rating Communication – Related Impairments

Chapter 6. IFCI ­– Environment Questionnaires

Chapter 7. Case Studies


Appendix A. Inpatient Functional Communication Interview – Screening Questionnaire

Appendix B. Inpatient Functional Communication Interview – Assessment Form

Appendix C. Inpatient Functional Communication Interview – Interview Script

Appendix D. Inpatient Functional Communication Interview – Cheat Sheet

Appendix E. Inpatient Functional Communication Interview – Speech Intelligibility Rating Scale

Appendix F. Inpatient Functional Communication Interview – Spoken Language Rating Scale

Appendix G. Inpatient Functional Communication Interview – Cognitive-Communication Rating Scale

Appendix H. The Overall – Environmental Questionnaire

Appendix I. The Ward – Environmental Questionnaire

Appendix J. The Hospital – Environmental Questionnaire

Appendix K. The External Agencies – Environmental Questionnaire




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