Title

Working with couples: Solution focused aphasia therapy

Document Type

Article

Publication Title

Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing

ISSN

1361-3286

Volume

8

Issue

3

DOI

10.1179/136132803805576110

First Page

153

Last Page

159

Publication Date

1-1-2003

Abstract

This paper describes solution focused aphasia therapy (SFAT), using a case study of an individual who benefited from four weeks of SFAT, four years post-stroke. The method uses conversation as the medium, couples as the participants, and authentic, relevant dependent measures derived by the couple for measuring improvement. Two SFAT strategies discussed are exception-finding (exceptions to problem situations) and scaled questions. The case study reveals improvement in communication independence, in facilitative gestures and in most of the scaled questions derived from the couple. In considering the needs of clients with aphasia, SFAT is a method that addresses the communication, rather than the aphasia. Further, the communication is addressed in a context and format that the client can understand.

Comments

Journal Title Note: Asia Pacific Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing (ISSN: 1361-3286) from 1996-2012. Currently known as Speech, Language and Hearing (ISSN: 2050-571X).