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Working with Global Aphasia
Theory and Practice

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ISBN 9781032019437
March 21, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
178 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Global aphasia is the most severe and disabling form of aphasia, yet it has had the least attention within aphasia research and rehabilitation. This practical book provides the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the topic based on both clinical observations and the literature to date. Uniquely, it not only covers the severe language impairments observed in global aphasia but also the co-occurring cognitive impairments that often present an additional challenge when working with this population.

This book offers:

  • A comprehensive understanding of the clinical characteristics of global aphasia illustrated with real case examples
  • A theoretical overview of the domains of cognition and discussion of the role cognitive deficits play in the clinical presentation of people with global aphasia
  • Critical analysis of the research evidence on global aphasia
  • An exploration into the strengths and limitations of common methods used to assess language, cognition and functional communication in global aphasia
  • New ways of approaching assessment and treatment which consider the impact of cognitive difficulties
  • Detailed suggestions of direct and indirect treatment tasks and approaches that can be used with this population, including novel cognitive tasks.

This accessible text will provide both experienced speech and language therapists and students new to the subject, with the knowledge, skills and tools to work effectively with people with global aphasia in a range of clinical settings. It will also be an essential resource for anyone considering research with this challenging but highly rewarding population.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Abbreviations


Chapter 1 What is global aphasia?

Chapter 2 Cognitive difficulties in global aphasia

Chapter 3 Assessment and intervention planning

Chapter 4 Intervention in global aphasia: The evidence base

Chapter 5: Intervention in clinical practice

Chapter 6: Considerations for clinical practice


Appendix 1 Example communication history form

Appendix 2 Example of an automatic speech task

Appendix 3 Example of a visual scale

Appendix 4 Strategies for communicating with PwGA


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Sharon Adjei-Nicol runs an independent Speech and Language Therapy practice called Acquire Speech and Language Therapy ( and see clients with neurological and voice conditions whilst also overseeing the work of associate therapists in the company. Sharon also provides clinical supervision to NHS and independent Speech & Language Therapists across Greater London and is a Senior Lecturer in Speech & Language Therapy at the University of Greenwich.