This issue is made up of research findings presented at the 38th Clinical Aphasiology Conference. In keeping with the mission of CAC to foster new and innovative methods of assessment and treatment, and to stimulate scholarly discussion, the papers span the spectrum of approaches to aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders, and present the very latest thinking in the field. Since its inception, CAC has promoted the development of research in clinical aspects of aphasiology, with the focus being on improving the communication between those with aphasia and their significant others. The papers in this issue continue this focus, with authors integrating theoretical and practical issues in order to forge ahead in this endeavour. From analysis and treatment of specific linguistic behaviours to interviews with people with aphasia and their families, to careful description of treatments involving everyday conversations, the papers demonstrate the range of approaches now possible in the treatment of aphasia. Further developments and potential integration of these different perspectives promises an exciting future for aphasia therapy.
B. Armstrong, Introduction. W.D. Hula, S.M. Austermann Hula, P.J. Doyle, A Preliminary Evaluation of the Reliability and Validity of a Self-reported Communicative Functioning Item Pool. A.Bose, T. McHugh, H. Schollenberger, L.i Buchanan, Measuring Quality of Life in Aphasia: Results from Two Scales. L. Lanyon, M.L. Rose, Do the Hands Have it? The Facilitation Effects of Arm and Hand Gesture on Word Retrieval in Aphasia. M. Newhart, C. Davis, V. Kannan, J. Heidler-Gary, L. Cloutman, A.E. Hillis, Therapy for Naming Deficits in Two Variants of Primary Progressive Aphasia. S. Kiran, C. Sandberg, K. Abbott, Treatment for Lexical Retrieval Using Abstract and Concrete Words in Persons with Aphasia: Effect of Complexity. S.M. Antonucci, Use of Semantic Feature Analysis in Group Aphasia Treatment. D. Tranel, The Left Temporal Pole is Important for Retrieving Words for Unique Concrete Entities. J.B. Lee, R.C. Kaye, L.R. Cherney, Conversational Script Performance in Adults with Non-fluent Aphasia: Treatment Intensity and Aphasia Severity. S.C. Christensen, H.r Harris Wright, K. Ross, R. Katz, G.n Capilouto, What Makes a Good Story? The Naïve Rater’s Perception. B.A. Purves, The Complexities of Speaking for Another. M.C. Duff, J.A. Hengst, D. Tranel, N.J. Cohen, Hippocampal Amnesia Disrupts Verbal Play and the Creative Use of Language in Social Interaction. V.B. Fleming, J.L. Harris, Test–retest Discourse Performance of Individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment. S. Fox, E. Armstrong, L. Boles, Conversational Treatment in Mild Aphasia: A Case Study. M. Hough, R. Kay Johnson, Use of AAC to Enhance Linguistic Communication Skills in an Adult with Chronic Severe Aphasia. Y. Faroqi-Shah, C.R. Virion, Constraint-induced Language Therapy for Agrammatism: Role of Grammaticality Constraints. T. McAllister, A. Bachrach, G.a Waters, J. Michaud, D. Caplan, Production and Comprehension of Unaccusatives in Aphasia. L. Guttentag Lederer, A. Gibbs Scott, C.A. Tompkins, M.W. Dickey, Imageability Effects on Sentence Judgement by Right-brain-damaged Adults. C.A. Tompkins, K. Meigh, A. Gibbs Scott, L. Guttentag Lederer, Can High-level Inferencing be Predicted by Discourse Comprehension Test Performance in Adults with Right Hemisphere Brain Damage? Y. Neumann, L.K. Obler, H. Gomes, V. Shafer, Phonological vs Sensory Contributions to Age Effects in Naming: An Electrophysiological Study. J. Eun Sung, M.R. McNeil, S.R. Pratt, M. Walsh Dickey, W.D. Hula, N.J. Szuminsky, P.J. Doyle, Verbal Working Memory and its Relationship to Sentence-level Reading and Listening Comprehension in Persons with Aphasia. A. Dietz, K. Hux, M.L. McKelvey, D.R. Beukelman, K. Weissling, Reading Comprehension by People with Chronic Aphasia: A Comparison of Three Levels of Visuographic Contextual Support. H.S. Chiou, M.R.T. Kennedy, Switching in Adults with Aphasia.