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Conversation Groups for People with Aphasia: Rationale & Evidence

presented by Roberta J. Elman, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

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Financial— Roberta Elman receives compensation from MedBridge for the production of this course. She also receives royalties from Plural Publishing, Inc. and has a salaried position at Aphasia Center of California. Non-Financial - Roberta Elman serves on the advisory board and committees for the National Aphasia Association, ANCDS, and Aphasia Hope Foundation.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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This is part one of a two-part series on Conversation Groups for Individuals with Aphasia. Although this course focuses on aphasia groups, the course content is applicable to other populations and groups. Communication is considered to be one of the core areas of deficit for those living with aphasia. We know that enhancing life participation and quality of life are consistent with the World Health Organization framework and ASHA's Scope of Practice for speech-language pathologists. But how can we assist people with aphasia (PWA) to become better communicators and achieve a better quality of life? Part one of this course describes the rationale and scientific evidence for utilizing conversation groups to improve both communication ability and psychosocial functioning for PWA. Videotaped examples from an aphasia conversation group illustrate a variety of group process dynamics and strategies that facilitators can use.

Meet Your Instructor

Roberta J. Elman, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS

Roberta J. Elman, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, is President/CEO and Founder of the Aphasia Center of California, an independent, nonprofit organization founded in 1996, providing speech-language treatment, clinical research, and training/consultative services. Dr. Elman received her Ph.D. in Speech & Hearing Sciences from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has more than 35 years of…

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1. Health Care Models and Framework

The first chapter of this course discusses prominent models of health care and establishes a life-participation framework for conducting aphasia groups.

2. Research Evidence Supporting Aphasia Conversation Groups

This chapter will review the efficacy and effectiveness research that supports the use of aphasia conversation groups. Quantitative and qualitative research data will be shared.

3. Group Process and Dynamics

Understanding how group process and dynamics influence aphasia group participation is critical. This chapter discusses the components needed for successful groups.

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