Challenging Aphasia Therapies presents an entirely new approach to thinking on the subject of aphasia therapy by liberating it from traditional models. This is achieved through a process of reflection in which many assumptions previously taken for granted are challenged and reassessed. Internationally renowned experts successfully demonstrate the benefits of learning about aphasia therapy through the process of engaging in it.
Topics covered include:
* the role of context, culture and conversation in shaping and directing aphasia therapy
* the ethical issues that arise from the current tensions between market driven health care industries and the moral commitment to their client welfare
* the value of therapy. Contributors challenge the common notion of successful therapy as solely performance related.
* the potential and competent use of humour in aphasia therapy.
The identification of the strengths and limitations of clinical models and the focus on relevant directions for therapy will be of interest to practising clinicians as well as anyone involved in study or research in speech and language therapy.
Table of Contents
S. Byng, J.F. Duchan, Challenging Aphasia Therapies. M.T. Sarno, Aphasia Therapies: Historical Perspectives and Moral Imperatives. C. Pound, Dare to be Different: The Person and the Practice. J. Lyon, Evolving Treatment Methods for Aphasia that make a Difference in Everyday Life. C. Penn, Context, Culture and Conversation. N.S. Mackie, Just Kidding! Humour and Therapy for Aphasia. A.L. Holland, Learning from Roger Ross: A Clinical Journey. R. Elman, Group Treatment and Jazz: Some Lessons Learned. J. Morris, D. Howard, S. Kennedy, The Value of Therapy: What Counts? A. Kagan, J.F. Duchan, Consumers' Views of What Makes Therapy Worthwhile.
This is not just another book about aphasia therapy: this is quite different and deeply satisfying material that reflects on what makes therapy therapeutic. Reading it was a pleasure and an inspiration. It will no doubt provide other readers with opportunities for discussions and personal growth. - Professor Guylaine Le Dorze, University of Montreal, Canada
This book has enormous potential to shape thinking on aphasia therapy and is written by some of the most influential authors in the world of aphasia. It explores how experienced therapists have really learned to become expert therapists and encourages reflection about the clinical models currently used. - Karen Bryan, University of Surrey