The BNVR Test is a unique non-linguistic approach for identifying whether a cognitive (problem-solving) deficit as well as a linguistic deficit exists in individuals with acquired aphasia. Recognising cognitive deficits in terms of problem-solving may be a key factor in understanding why some individuals overcome their communication difficulties better than others. Failure to recognise problem-solving difficulties may lead to unrealistic expectations of therapeutic intervention and thus inappropriate management and goal setting. The BNVR requires the client to solve 10 everyday problems, presented in full-colour photographic format. It is short, requires minimal linguistic input, contains real-life situations and is likely to be suitable for non-English speaking individuals. It will be useful to speech language therapists, occupational therapists and psychologists who need to ascertain whether problem-solving skills are affected and to assist in multi-disciplinary team decision-making in acute and rehabilitation settings.
"Easy to manipulate, quick to administer, user-friendly, and links well with other tests. Results may inform the decisions of the interdisciplinary team. … A useful test for SLTs, OTs, and psychologists who work with aphasia, and for their students." — RCSLT Bulletin
"This is a useful addition to the range of assessment tools currently available" — Rachel Hemingway, Specialist Speech and Language Therapist at the Rehabilitation, Royal Bolton Hospital