1st Edition

Using the Systems Approach for Aphasia An Introduction for Speech and Language Therapists

By Susie Hayden Copyright 2022
    188 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    188 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Speechmark

    Using the Systems Approach for Aphasia introduces therapists to systems theory, exploring the way in which a holistic method that is already a key part of other health and social care settings can be employed in aphasia therapy. Detailed case studies from the author’s own extensive experience demonstrate how systemic tools can be incorporated into practice, offering practical suggestions for service delivery and caseload management in frequently overloaded community health services. Exploring the treatment process from first encounters, through the management of goals and attainments, to caring for patients after therapy has ended, the book demonstrates a method of delivering therapy in a way that will better serve the people who live with aphasia and their families, as well as the clinician themselves.

    Key features of this book include:

    • An accessible overview of systems theory and its use in aphasia therapy.

    • Consideration of how current popular ideas such as self-management, holistic rehabilitation and compassion focussed therapy can be incorporated to provide the best treatment.

    • Guidance on when and how to involve families based on case studies.

    • Case studies throughout to fully illustrate systemic approaches.

    An essential resource for both students and seasoned clinicians, the theory explored in this book will provide a fresh approach to therapy and new skills for working with people with aphasia and their families.


    Chapter 1: What is Systems Theory?

    Case: Alice

    Chapter 2: A Brief overview of Aphasia Therapy

    Case: Babs

    Chapter 3: A Systems approach to Aphasia Therapy

    Case: Andrew

    Chapter 4: The Self of the Therapist

    Case: Susie

    Chapter 5: First Encounters

    Case: Magda

    Chapter 6: Reaching for Goals

    Case: David

    Chapter 7: Endings

    Case: Gerry

    Chapter 8: Aspirations for Aphasia Therapy

    Case: Angus and Sandra

    Chapter 9: Final Thoughts



    Susie Hayden was born and raised in Tanzania; she studied Language and Linguistics at York University, and Postgraduate Speech and Language Therapy in 1990. Susie’s passion for working with individuals and families experiencing aphasia, carers and professionals is enhanced by her Systemic Family Therapy training and practice since 2016. An experienced trainer and clinical educator, in both theoretical and practical aspects of aphasia therapy, Susie was Specialist Clinical Advisor to the CQC for four years. After 25 years specialising in aphasia therapy within NHS hospitals and community settings, recent years have seen her focus on charity and voluntary sectors and running her own practice.