Story retelling and verbal working memory in people with aphasia

Article information

Clin Arch Commun Disord. 2019;4(3):223-235
Publication date (electronic) : 2019 December 31
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1Baylor University, Waco, TX, USA
2University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
3VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Correspondence: Hyunsoo Yoo, Department of Communication Science and Disorders, Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences, One Bear Place #97332, Waco TX, Baylor University, USA, Tel: +1-254-710-2587, Fax: +1-254-710-2590, E-mail:
Received 2019 November 01; Revised 2019 December 20; Accepted 2019 December 22.



This study explored the relationship between story retelling and verbal working memory (VWM) in people with aphasia due to left-hemisphere damage (PWA), people without aphasia with left-hemisphere damage (LHD) and normal healthy controls (HC).


Fifteen age-matched HC and fifteen of each, PWA and LHD participants were enrolled and their performances on the Story Retell Procedure (SRP) and WM tasks were compared with tests of association and tests of difference. The experimental tasks included the SRP, where each participant retold three stories, and “percent information units per minute (%IU/Min)” was calculated as an SRP-performance measure. The Alphabet span task served as a WM measure based on a principle component analysis.


All Bonferroni-corrected pairwise comparisons were significant, with the PWA group producing the lowest %IU/Min, followed by the LHD group and then the HC group. The Bonferroni-corrected VWM score differences were also significant across the three groups, with the PWA group producing significantly lower %IU/Min than both other groups. The difference between the LHD and HC groups was not significant. The correlations between the %IU/Min and VWM score were all significant and ranged from 0.50 to 0.75 among the three groups.


SRP performance yielded a continuum across the three groups, suggesting that SRP performance in PWA is consistent with a combination of both aphasia-related and brain damage-related deficits.


Story retelling (SR) in people with aphasia (PWA) has been investigated from multiple perspectives. McNeil et al. [1,2] found that the %IU/Min metric is more sensitive than %IU in differentiating PWA from healthy controls (HC). SR has also been investigated from a resource-allocation perspective, employing visual-manual tracking under dual-task conditions [35], relative to primacy/recency serial position effects [6] and short-term memory demands [710] in normal aging and child language disorders. Montgomery, Polunenko, and Marinellie [9] found that resource capacity is importantly implicated in children’s ability to understand spoken narrative. Gabig [8] claimed that SR requires significant VWM demands and also relates to processing linguistic information, cognitive organization, and regulatory control. Gabig [8] speculated that difficulty in SR might be due to either primary or secondary linguistic representation deficits required for simultaneous processing and recall rather than impairment in VWM capacity per se.

Significant and reliable differences have been found between PWA and age-matched HC on the SR tasks. Lower SR performance in PWA compared to that of HC might not indicate that the presence of aphasia is responsible for the difference. It is unclear whether these differences are attributable to the presence of aphasia or more generally to the presence of left-hemisphere damage (LHD). It is therefore important to compare SR performance between people with and without aphasia after LH stroke as well as with performance of HC.

In addition to examining differences between groups, the relationship between SR and VWM has been inadequately investigated in PWA. While Brodsky et al. [6] examined the primacy/recency serial position effects in SR in PWA, which involve components of VWM; specific components of VWM, such as maintaining, manipulation, and updating have not been investigated. Gabig [8] used three measures of VWM (nonword repetition, digit span, and sentence imitation) in the SR study of children with autism. These VWM tasks engage short-term memory (STM), including rehearsal, but do not engage the executive components of VWM such as updating and manipulation [11,12]. Updating is a crucial function in SR in order to remember passage details within the story. The manipulation part of VWM is also necessary for SR in order to integrate information and make appropriate inferences about the story’s meaning.

The aims of this study were to explore whether the SR and VWM performances are aphasia-specific or more generally due to LHD, and to examine the relationship between the SR and VWM performances within the three groups. In order to address these issues, significant differences between the two groups of volunteers with left hemisphere damage secondary to stroke with and without aphasia, and the HC group were compared on the SRP and a measure of VWM. Correlations were computed between measures on the SRP and VWM for each group. It was hypothesized that strong correlations would exist between SR and VWM performances and that these correlations would be strongest in the PWA group, followed by the LHD group, and finally the HC group.



Sixty participants were enrolled in this study: 1) 15 individuals with LHD after a stroke that resulted in aphasia (PWA group), 2) 15 individuals with LHD after a stroke that are without aphasia (LHD group), and 3) 30 HC without brain damage (HC group). Age and years of education were not significantly different among the three groups. Age and education information for the three groups are presented in Table 1. The study was approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) of the University of Pittsburgh (IRB# PRO15120107). Informed consent was obtained from all patients before inclusion in the study. Participant recruitment and enrollment were based on the following resources: 1) the University of Pittsburgh Research Participant Registry (, 2) the Western Pennsylvania Patient Registry ( and 3) the Bethel Park community center.

Descriptive Information of Participants

All participants met the following screening criteria: (a) native American English speaker and (b) at least 8 years of education, determined by a self-reported questionnaire. Participants were also assessed for (c) 20/40 or better binocular acuity by the reduced Snellen chart. (d) greater than 0.70 ratio (the delayed recall/immediate language recall×100) from the Assessment Battery of Communication in Dementia (ABCD) [13]. The HC participants self-reported a negative history for neurologic, limb motor, psychiatric, visual, speech/language, or reading impairments.

The demographic and descriptive evidence for all participants in the PWA and LHD groups included evidence of a unilateral LH lesion from medical history and/or brain imaging. Appendices 13 provide descriptive information for all participants in this study.

Demographic and Lesion Information for PWA individuals

Demographic and Lesion Information for LHD individuals

Demographic Information for NHC individuals

The PWA and LHD groups were examined for aphasia using the Comprehensive Aphasia Test (CAT) [14]. All individuals with aphasia met the definition of aphasia [15] and the following inclusion criteria: deficit 1) on at least one subtest (determined by pre-established cutoff scores for each subtest in the CAT) or 2) on the summary score from at least two different language modalities (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) on the test. Appendices 47 provide the CAT scores and the t and z scores for the CAT subtests for the PWA and LHD groups.

CAT Scores for PWA Individuals

CAT Scores for LHD Individuals

T and Z scores for PWA individuals: T (Z-scores)

T and Z scores of LHD: T (Z-scores)

Materials & Procedures

Experimental Tasks

Each participant performed three SRP stories (Loan, Gas, and Library) [16], and the %IU/Min was calculated based on the average of the three stories. The Digit-span forward [17], Sentence span [18], Subtract-2 span tasks [19], and Alphabet span task [19] were included initially for WM measures, and the Alphabet span task was eventually selected as the WM task based on the results of a principle component analysis (PCA).

Story Retelling

Each participant listened to each of the three stories from one form of the SRP battery, and retold the story, in their own words, to the examiner. The retelling from each participant was recorded and scored for %IU/Min using the standardized score sheet, by a native English-speaking graduate student majoring in speech and language pathology.

Working Memory (WM)

The Digit-span forward [17] and Sentence span [18], Sub- tract-2 span [19], and Alphabet span tasks [19] were included as short-term or working memory tasks. The forward-digit span task was presented using E-Prime 1.0 [20]. For this task, participants listened to a series of digits and pointed to those digits in order, selected from nine digits displayed on the computer screen. The sentence span task was also presented using E-Prime 1.0. For this task, participants read each sentence at each span and were requested to remember the last word of the sentence. Participants also responded to a question about the sentences’ meaning. The number of words recalled indexed the sentence span. The subtract-2 span task was presented by the examiner. Participants listened to a series of digits and repeated them to the examiner after subtracting number 2 from each of the digits they heard. For example, if they heard 4-2, they answered with 2-0 after subtracting 2 from each number. The alphabet span task was presented using a recording of the examiner’s voice. In this task, participants listened to a series of words and were required to reorder them in alphabetical order. For example, if they heard “hat-cat,” a correct response would be “cat-hat”. The number of the words presented increased across spans.

Data Analysis

Based on the principle component analysis (PCA), the Alphabet span task was selected as the VWM task. IBM SPSS Statistics 24 was employed for all statistical analyses. An analysis of variance (ANOVA) was computed comparing SRP (% IU/Min) and VWM measure between and within the three groups. Bonferroni post-hoc comparisons were used to correct p-values that were adopted for this study (p=.016). Pearson correlations were computed to examine the association between SRP and VWM.


PCA Results

A PCA with varimax rotation was performed for the WM tasks in order to identify those with the greatest shared variance and interrelationships among tasks. The task with the highest value was selected, and it was found that the Alphabet span task’s eigenvalues explained 76% of variance. Therefore, the Alphabet span task was selected as the most representative WM task. Table 2 summarizes the coefficients derived from the PCA rotated component matrix.

Coefficients derived from the PCA rotated component matrix

ANOVA Results

The results of the ANOVA for SRP performance (%IU/Min) revealed a significant difference across the three groups (see Table 3) (F(2, 57)=62.01, p=0.000). Bonferroni post-hoc comparisons indicated that the PWA group produced significantly fewer %IU/Min (M=9.8, SD=1.87) than the HC group (M= 34.5, SD=1.32) and significantly fewer than the LHD group (M=27.3, SD=1.87). The LHD group’s %IU/Min (M=27.3, SD=1.87) was also significantly lower than the HC group’s %IU/Min (M=27.3, SD=1.87).

Results of Story Retelling and VWM measure

The results of the VWM measure also revealed significant differences among the three groups (F(2,57)=34.01, p=0.000). The VWM scores in the PWA group (M=1.97, SD=0.23) were significantly lower (p=0.000) than those in the HC group (M= 4.23, SD=0.16, and significantly lower (p=0.000) than those in the LHD group (M=3.6, SD=0.23. However, the VWM scores in the LHD group did not differ significantly (p=0.075) from those of the HC group.

Pearson Correlation Results

Correlations between the SRP and VWM scores are summarized in Table 4. The correlations were significant and moderate to high across the three groups. The highest correlation was evidenced in the PWA group (r=0.748 p=0.001), followed by that in the LHD group (r=0.620, p=0.014) and then in the HC group (r=0.503, p=0.005).

Correlation Coefficient r from Pearson Correlation Analysis between Story Retelling Procedure and VWM measure scores


The first goal of this study was to examine whether the PWA group exhibited aphasia-specific deficits in SR and VWM that taxes updating and computation functions compared to the LHD and HC groups. The second goal examined the association between SR and VWM within each group.

The PWA group’s SR performance was significantly lower than the other two groups with the LHD group performing intermediary between the aphasic and healthy control groups. Because the LHD non-aphasic group differed significantly from the healthy controls and the PWA group, who shared a left hemisphere lesion with the LHD group, it is proposed that the SR deficits in PWA result from combined aphasia-related and brain damage-related deficits rather than aphasia-specific deficits. More specifically, the difference in performance between the PWA and LHD groups suggests an additive effect of aphasia beyond the lesion on SRP performance. Correspondingly, the significantly lower performance by the LHD group compared to the HC group is consistent with a stroke-induced brain damage-related deficit. Therefore, SR deficits in PWA are consistent with a combined aphasia-related and brain damage-related effect.

There were also group differences in VWM performance. The PWA group had significantly lower scores than both the LHD and HC groups. However, the performance of the LHD group was not significantly different from the HC group. Unlike performance on the SRP task, VWM performance in PWA appear to be aphasia-specific rather than due to combined stroke-induced aphasia and brain damage effects.

The relationship between the SR and VWM performances across the groups revealed the strongest correlation in the PWA group, followed by the LHD group followed by the weakest, but still significant, correlation between SR and VWM in the HC group. Consistent with the Brodsky et al. study [6], and adding to memorial requirements of the SRP task, this pattern indicates that VWM, as measured by these working memory tasks, is reliably related to SR performance. This becomes more evident as both SR and VWM performance is less efficient or more impaired. More specifically, these results suggest that the underlying cognitive operations required for these VWM tasks are related to and predictive of SR performance in PWA. This might be because SR requires the updating and/or computing components of VWM, which are unique and attributable to the presence of aphasia.

The pattern of SR performance across the groups suggests that SRP deficits are not specific to PWA. The significant difference in SRP performance between the LHD and HC participants does support the sensitivity of the task for indexing the presence of brain damage with or without the presence of aphasia. The establishment of cutoff scores on this specific task is required in order to use it as a diagnostic criterion for the presence or absence of aphasia. SRP performance does, however, provide a useful measure of overall language performance and can serve as a measure useful for targeting treatment and for establishing both severity of deficits and as a tool for indexing recovery from brain damage and aphasia.

Gabig [8] concluded that story retelling makes considerable demands on VWM as well as on other cognitive processes such as cognitive organization and regulatory control. VWM measures may supplement measures of language performance in the diagnosis and evaluation of brain damage and aphasia. The results of the current study suggest that the presence of language deficits following stroke is not unique to PWA. The degree to which VWM is required to build linguistic representations in PWA and is the source of their connected language performance deficits, as measured by tasks such as the Story Retell Procedure, remains an important area for future research.


The current study examined associations and differences in story retelling and verbal working memory performance in PWA, LHD, and HC groups. It was found that only story retelling, as measured by percent information units per minute differed significantly among the three groups. Verbal working memory performance was significantly poorer for the PWA group than the other two groups, who did not differ from each other. The correlations between the story retelling and verbal working memory ranged from moderate to strong within the three groups.

The present findings are interpreted as evidence that story retelling performance in PWA is impaired by both aphasia-related and brain damage-related deficits and that SR deficits in PWA might be caused by both deficits in processing linguistic-specific rules and representations and by additional limitations in cognitive processes involved in verbal working memory such as maintenance, manipulation, and especially updating processes.


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Table 1

Descriptive Information of Participants

Groups Age Years of Education
PWA 64.2 (8.89) 15.4 (1.18)
LHD 60.87 (14.63) 14.7 (2.4)
HC 64.4 (5.32) 16.7 (2.2)

PWA, people with aphasia; LHD, people without aphasia with left-hemisphere damage; HC, healthy controls.

Table 2

Coefficients derived from the PCA rotated component matrix

WM tasks Eigenvalues Initial Eigenvalues % of Variance
Alphabet 0.857 76.254
Subtract-2 0.792 10.991
Sentence 0.727 8.949
Forward digit 0.675 3.836

Table 3

Results of Story Retelling and VWM measure

Groups Story Retelling (%IU/Min) WM (Alphabet Span)
PWA 9.8 (1.87) 1.97 (.23)
LHD 27.3 (1.87) 3.6 (.23)
HC 34.5 (1.32) 4.23 (.16)

PWA, people with aphasia; LHD, people without aphasia with left-hemisphere damage; HC, healthy controls.

Table 4

Correlation Coefficient r from Pearson Correlation Analysis between Story Retelling Procedure and VWM measure scores

VWM 0.748 (p=.001) 0.620 (p=.014) 0.503 (p=.005)

VWM, verbal working memory.

Appendix 1

Demographic and Lesion Information for PWA individuals

Group P =PWA Age Gender Education POT Lesion Site
P1 68 F 14 9 y Left CVA
P2 53 M 14 7 y Cerebral hemispheres: Periventricular encephalomalacia
P3 69 M 16 1 y 10 m Cerebral Artery Occlusion, unspecified with cerebral infarction
P4 69 M 14 4 y Left hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident (CVA): Cerebral artery occlusion with cerebral infarction
P5 70 F 16 11 y Left middle cerebral artery cerebrovascular accident (CVA)
P6 84 M 16 4 y Description: Moderately large area of restricted diffusion is seen on the DWI images in L frontotemporal, temporal, subinsular and basal ganglion regions involving caudate & lentiform nuclei.
No hemorrhagic transformation.
Corresponding high FLAIR T2 signal intensity is noted. Some periventricular FLAIR hyperintensity may represent chronic ischemic changes. Some local mass effect on L Sylvian fissure but there’s no hydrocephalus or gross midline shift.
Affected Lobes: Left temporal, left frontal, left subcortical
P7 53 F 16 10 y 7 m Left CVA: Large area of restricted diffusion identified w/in L MCA destruction. Predominantly involve the posterior L frontal lobe, anterior left parietal lobe and L basal ganglia.
There’s relative sparing of the anterior L temporal lob
Affected Lobes: left parietal, left frontal, left subcortical
Affected Vasculature: left MC
P8 68 M 15 5 y 1 m L MCA infarct
P9 65 M 16 9 y Left frontal
P10 69 M 18 6 y 2 m Left hemorrhagic cerebrovascular accident: left MCA CVA hemorrhage into infarct
P11 59 F 16 6 m Description: Evolving infarction L basal ganglia, corona radiate, centrum, semiovale, middle frontal gyrus, amygdala.
Focal infarction L parietal lobe.
Edema w/increased mass effect on frontal horn of L lateral ventricle.
No midline shift.
Small foci of petechial hemorrhages w/out a large intraparenchymal hematoma
Affected Lobes: left parietal, left frontal, left subcortical
Affected Vasculature: left MCA
P12 48 F 16 5 y 2 m Description: There’s a large area of diffusion restriction in the left parietal and temporal lobes consistent with acute infarct. There’s no hemorrhagic conversion
Affected Lobes: left temporal, left parietal
Affected Vasculature: left MCA
P13 65 M 16 3 y 3 m Large L MCA stroke
Left MCA
P14 65 M 14 7 y 1 m L MCA territory infarct
Left MCA
P15 58 M 14 31 y 6 m Left frontoparietal region
Affected Lobes: left frontal, left parietal
Mean 64.2 15.4

Appendix 2

Demographic and Lesion Information for LHD individuals

Group L=LHD Age Gender Education POT Lesion Site
L1 57 F 16 11 y 5 m Encephalomalacia within the left MCA territory in the left frontal lobe
Affected lobes: Left frontal
Affected Vasculature: Left MCA
L2 76 M 15 2 y 4 m Description: Left periventricular; posterior temporal; basal ganglia
Affected Lobes: Left temporal, left subcortical
L3 80 M 14 1 y 8 m Acute ischemic stroke
Description: Restricted diffusion L insular/left basal ganglia/corona radiate plus rounded area of restricted diffusion in the left lateral aspect temporal lab.
These findings are consistent with an acute infarct in the left MCA distribution.
Other tiny punctate foci of restricted diffusion in the brain parenchyma probably procedure related.
Affected Lobes: left temporal, left subcortical, left other
Affected Vasculature: Left MCA
L4 49 F 14 11 y Acute ischemic stroke
Description: infarct L basal ganglia
Affected Lobes: Left subcortical
L5 26 F 17 2 y Description: Scattered small foci w/in L MCA distribution, especially L precentral gyrus, are seen with restricted diffusion on D-W I, and abnormal T2 prolongation on T2 FLAIR concerning for subacute infarcts, likely associated with/L MCA distribution emboli. Surrounding small areas of localized edema around these infarcts are noted, without mass effect or middle shift.
No evidence of hemorrhage on the blood sensitive sequences
Affected lobes: left frontal, left other
Affected vasculature: left MCA
L6 80 F 16 1 y 8 m Acute ischemic stroke
Description: There are several tiny acute foci of stroke in the distribution suggested by the CTA, in the posterior left MCA distribution.
There’s no evidence of hemorrhagic transformation
Affected lobes: left other
Affected Vasculature: left MCA
L7 61 M 15 12 y 1 m Description: Ventricles, cortical sulci and basilar cisterns are normal. Restricted diffusion L frontoparietal cortical sulci expending into insular region consistent w/acute infarct. Diffusion restriction in region of L caudate nucleus & L basal ganglia. Distribution of LMCA. No midline shift. No intracranial hemorrhage. Posterior fossa is unremarkable. No pathologic extra-axial collections.
Affected Lobes: Left parietal, left frontal, left
Affected Vasculature: left MCA
L8 46 M 13 11 m Acute ischemic stroke
Description: Subacute infarcts of L basal ganglion, L subsegmental frontal cortex, & L caudate, w/a small amount of petechial hemorrhagic component.
Small amount of subarachnoid blood in L Sylvian fissure
Affected Lobes: left frontal, left subcortical, left other
Affected Vasculature: left MCA
L9 53 M 12 3 m Description: Small focal areas of decreased diffusion identified within the left parietal occipital region including subcortical white matter and centrum semiovale corresponding to the left ACA/MCA watershed distribution
Affected Lobes: left occipital, left parietal, left other
Affected Vasculature: left ACA, left MCA
L10 69 F 20 3 m Description: Areas of infarction involving the left MCA territory, predominantly within the basal ganglia and caudate regions
Affected Lobes: Left subcortical
Affected Vasculature: Left MCA
L11 67 F 12 5 y 2 m Acute ischemic stroke
Description: Patchy areas of restricted diffusion w/in L cerebral hemisphere in parts of MCA territory including in L frontal & parietal lobes involving the basal ganglia in L perisylvian region consistent with area of recent infarction
Affected Lobes: Left subcortical, left frontal, left parietal
Affected vasculature: Left MCA
L12 76 F 12 7 y Life middle cerebral artery (MCA) disruption
L13 59 M 15 3 m Acute ischemic stroke
Description: Patchy areas of restricted diffusion w/areas of core infarction involving L posterior frontal periventricular white matter extending into L corona radiate, L insular cortex and portions of L frontal & temporal lobe bordering L Sylvian fissure.
Affected Lobes: Left temporal, left frontal, left others
Affected vasculature: Left MCA
L14 60 F 12 16 y Left MCA territory: Multiple embolic occlusions in distal branches of ACA, MCA and PCA branches
Description: L medial frontal, L posterior frontal, L parietal
Affected Lobes: Left frontal
Left parietal
L15 54 M 18 6 y 8 m Description: Acute lacunar nonhemorrhagic infarct w/in posterior L parietal cortical region seen as a restriction defect on the diffusion & ADC mapping imaging.
This measures 7.5 mm.
No other areas of signal abnormality are seen in the gray and white matter regions
Affected Lobes: Left parietal

Appendix 3

Demographic Information for NHC individuals

Group Age Gender Education
1 82 F 18
2 59 F 18
3 72 M 16
4 59 F 18
5 67 F 17
6 61 F 13
7 60 F 18
8 69 F 18
9 62 F 13
10 59 F 12
11 67 F 18
12 70 F 18
13 65 M 16
14 57 F 14
15 76 M 16
16 57 F 22
17 60 F 16
18 76 F 16
19 55 F 16
20 59 F 13
21 58 F 16
22 62 F 18
23 69 F 18
24 64 F 20
25 65 F 15
26 65 M 16
27 62 F 16
28 71 M 18
29 62 F 18
30 62 M 19
Mean 64.4 16.67

Appendix 4

CAT Scores for PWA Individuals

PWA Listening Speaking Reading Writing
1 122 254 122 90
2 126 231 118 94
3 112 155 91 86
4 127 235 126 90
5 119 216 113 64
6 119 214 110 63
7 88 84 57 58
8 36 0 46 22
9 109 198 93 51
10 108 157 107 16
11 126 212 120 88
12 123 224 122 84
13 122 186 114 50
14 84 113 54 28
15 89 163 92 52
Mean 107.33 176.13 99 62.4

Appendix 5

CAT Scores for LHD Individuals

LHD Listening Speaking Reading Writing
1 136 256 132 104
2 136 267 132 116
3 136 282 132 102
4 136 278.5 132 114
5 136 289 132 109
6 138 299 132 109
7 132 247 126 98
8 140 270 132 121
9 136 275 132 91
10 138 284 132 135
11 134 279 132 102
12 134 271 132 102
13 136 277 132 100
14 140 290 132 104
15 140 293 130 110
Mean 136.53 277.17 131.47 107.8

Appendix 6

T and Z scores for PWA individuals: T (Z-scores)

PWA Auditory Comprehension Visual Comprehension Repetition Naming Spoken Picture Description Reading Writing Written Picture Description
1 56 (0.6–0.62) 62 (1.16–1.20) 59 (0.9–0.93) 68 (1.7–1.81) 66 (1.6) 64 (1.38–1.43) 64 (1.38–1.44) 63 (1.26–1.31)
2 62 (1.16–1.20) 60 (0.98–1.01) 59 (0.9–0.93) 65 (1.44–1.51) 57 (0.67–0.69) 62 (1.16–1.20) 65 (1.44–1.51) 66 (1.6)
3 62 (1.16–1.20) 65 (1.44–1.51) 52 (0.4–0.6) 59 (0.9–0.93) 48 (−0.19–−0.21) 48 (−0.19–−0.21) 65 (1.44–1.51) 59 (0.9–0.93)
4 58 (0.79–0.82) 65 (1.44–1.51) 61 (1.10) 63 (1.26–1.31) 58 (0.79–0.82) 66 (1.6) 62 (1.16–1.20) 64 (1.38–1.44)
5 62 (1.16–1.20) 60 (0.98–1.01) 54 (0.4–0.42) 62 (1.16–1.20) 60 (0.98–1.01) 58 (0.79–0.82) 53 (0.3–0.31) 56 (0.6–0.62)
6 53 (0.3–0.31) 58 (0.79–0.82) 59 (0.9–0.93) 56 (0.6–0.62) 62 (1.16–1.20) 57 (0.66–0.69) 53 (0.3–0.31) 55 (0.49–0.50)
7 53 (0.3–0.31) 50 (0.1–−0.1) 47 (−0.30–−0.31) 49 (−0.9–−0.11) 47 (−0.30–−0.31) 45 (−0.49–−0.50) 51 (0.09–0.11) 55 (0.49–0.50)
8 43 (−0.66–−0.69) 53 (0.3–0.31) 34 (−1.52–−1.69) 35 (−1.44–−1.51) 39 (−1.06–−1.1) 38 (−1.21–−1.25) 44 (−0.60–−0.62) 42 (−0.79–−0.82)
9 53 (0.3–0.31) 53 (0.3–0.31) 54 (0.4–0.42) 57 (0.66–0.69) 62 (1.16–1.20) 52 (0.19–0.21) 50 (0.1–−0.1) 54 (0.4–0.42)
10 53 (0.3–0.31) 53 (0.3–0.31) 53 (0.3–0.31) 50 (0.1–−0.1) 48 (−0.19–−0.21) 59 (0.9–0.93) 43 (−0.66–−0.69) 53 (0.3–0.31)
11 60 (0.98–1.01) 65 (1.44–1.51) 59 (0.9–0.93) 60 (0.98–1.01) 53 (0.3–0.31) 60 (0.98–1.01) 61 (1.10) 63 (1.26–1.31)
12 63 (1.26–1.31) 70 (2.0) 56 (0.6–0.62) 70 (2.16) 51 (0.09–0.11) 59 (0.9–0.93) 60 (0.98–1.01) 61 (1.10)
13 56 (0.6–0.62) 56 (0.6–0.62) 59 (0.9–0.93) 52 (0.4–0.6) 50 (0.1–−0.1) 62 (1.16–1.20) 51 (0.09–0.11) 52 (0.4–0.6)
14 45 (−0.49–−0.50) 49 (−0.9–−0.11) 49 (−0.9–−0.11) 51 (0.09–0.11) 52 (0.4–0.6) 45 (−0.49–−0.50) 46 (−0.40–−0.42) 42 (−0.79–−0.82)
15 52 (0.4–0.6) 51 (0.09–0.11) 48 (−0.19–−0.21) 57 (0.66–0.69) 52 (0.4–0.6) 56 (0.6–0.62) 69 (1.82–1.95) 55 (0.49–0.50)

Appendix 7

T and Z scores of LHD: T (Z-scores)

LHD Auditory Comprehension Visual Comprehension Repetition Naming Spoken Picture Description Reading Writing Written Picture Description
1 75 (2.5) 73 (2.33) 72 (2.16) 68 (1.7–1.81) 62 (1.16–1.20) 71 (2.1) 62 (1.16–1.20) 73 (2.33)
2 75 (2.5) 73 (2.33) 72 (2.16) 65 (1.44–1.51) 63 (1.26–1.31) 71 (2.1) 64 (1.38–1.44) 75 (2.5)
3 66 (1.60–1.69) 73 (2.33) 75 (2.5) 67 (1.60–1.69) 75 (2.5) 71 (2.1) 69 (1.82–1.95) 73 (2.33)
4 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 67 (1.60–1.69) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5)
5 66 (1.60–1.69) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 67 (1.60–1.69) 63 (1.26–1.31) 76 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 74 (2.4)
6 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 67 (1.60–1.69) 71 (2.1) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 74 (2.4)
7 58 (0.79–0.82) 69 (1.82–1.95) 75 (2.5) 62 (1.16–1.20) 62 (1.16–1.20) 64 (1.38–1.44) 75 (2.5) 67 (1.60–1.69)
8 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 67 (1.60–1.69) 67 (1.60–1.69) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5)
9 62 (1.16–1.20) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 68 (1.7–1.81) 65 (1.44–1.51) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 62 (1.16–1.20)
10 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 69 (1.82–1.95) 70 (2.0) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5)
11 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 60 (0.98–1.01) 71 (2.1) 71 (2.1) 75 (2.5) 61 (1.10) 72 (2.16)
12 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 63 (1.26–1.31) 75 (2.5)
13 75 (2.5) 75 (2.5) 72 (2.16) 71 (2.1) 65 (1.44–1.51) 75 (2.5) 58 (0.79–0.82) 73 (2.33)
14 66 (1.60–1.69) 65 (1.44–1.51) 75 (2.5) 70 (2.16) 74 (2.4) 75 (2.5) 59 (0.9–0.93) 75 (2.5)
15 52 (0.4–0.6) 51 (0.09–0.11) 48 (−0.19–−0.21) 57 (0.66–0.69) 52 (0.4–0.6) 56 (0.6–0.62) 69 (1.82–1.95) 55 (0.49–0.50)