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Nina Simmons-Mackie, Julia M. King and David R. Beukelman. Foreword by Audrey L. Holland

Supporting Communiation for Adults with Acute and Chronic Aphasia

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Catalog No. 29688

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How can SLPs and other practitioners provide the best supports for adults with aphasia--and help them make a successful return to daily life?

Clear answers are in this comprehensive text, the definitive guide to research-based strategies, supports, and technologies that improve outcomes for adults with chronic or acute aphasia.

Introducing a unique approach to aphasia treatment, this book goes far beyond coverage of AAC devices, revealing innovative ways to educate families and communities about the needs of people with aphasia and encourage ongoing participation in everyday life. SLPs, OTs, PTs, and other service providers will get the foundational knowledge they need to

... leverage today's technology--both electronic and non-electronic options-to support communication

... ensure effective communication support across all healthcare settings and stages of recovery

... implement therapeutic assessments that involve patients as proactive partners in their rehabilitation

... weave communication supports into inpatient and outpatient therapy

... conduct aphasia treatment in small groups to enhance communication and reduce social isolation

... support participation in everyday situations, including self-care, leisure activities, and interpersonal interactions

... strengthen social relationships by training the communication partners of people with aphasia

... maintain ongoing, long-term communication support that adapts to changing needs

An ideal textbook for graduate courses on aphasia--and an indispensable resource for practicing SLPs and other service providers--this book will help professionals strengthen the communication skills, social competence, and life satisfaction of people with aphasia.

Includes brief, instructive case studies and quick-reference lists of communication strategies and supports

"This book takes AAC in aphasia into a new stratosphere.... A must-read for any aphasia therapist who hopes to improve the lives of their patients."--Linda Worrall, director, NHMRC CCRE in Aphasia Rehabilitation, The University of Queensland, Australia

A speech-language pathologist and aphasiologist can no longer say, 'I don't do AAC.' The authors redefine aphasia management and show us that communication supports can be applied in every area, from assessment and treatment to policy and advocacy for all. A must-read."--Melanie Fried-Oken, professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Chapter Authors: Nancy B. Alarcon M.S., CCC-SLP, Kyla Brown PhD, Natalie Douglas, Roberta J. Elman PhD, CCC-SLP, Rachel A. Goff M.S., CCC-SLP, Brooke Grohn, Judy Harvey M.S., Deborah Hersh PhD, Jacqueline J. Hinckley PhD, CCC-SLP, Elizabeth Hoover M.S., CCC-SLP, Jennifer Horner PhD, J.D., Erline V. Nakano M.S., Robyn O'Halloran PhD, Amy Rodriguez PhD, Sarah Taylor, Cara Ullman, Kristy S.E. Weissling SLP.D., Linda Worrall PhD

368 pages. 2013

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