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Aphasia Rehabilitation: The Impairment and Its Consequences

Nadine Martin, Ph.D., Cynthia K. Thompson, Ph.D., Linda Worrall, Ph.D.
277 pages, Illustrated (B/W), Softcover, 6 x 9"
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As a consequence of the disability movement, the thinking generated by the World Health Organization’s classification of disability and functioning, and an upturn in concern for the long-term consequences of aphasia, it has become apparent that two distinctive pathways for the treatment of aphasia have emerged over the past decade. The first (and most traditional) involves assessment and management directed toward lessening the effects of the impairment of aphasia, while the second pathway focuses less on specific language than on the psychosocial consequences of aphasia. This unique text specifically contrasts impairment- and consequences-focused treatment with the aim of providing clinicians with a level playing field that permits them to evaluate for themselves the relative contributions that each approach provides, to evaluate their relative strengths and weaknesses, and finally to seek common ground.

An opening chapter sets the scene, while the heart of the book, based on real cases, concerns five meticulously described, yet hypothetical individuals with aphasia. In each of the cases, detailed descriptions and assessment results are provided and clinical management plans, representing each approach, are presented by internationally recognized experts in aphasia rehabilitation.


  • Kerry Lenius, PhD, CCC-SLP, Florida State University, Doody's Review Service:
    "This book is unique in that it discusses two theoretical approaches to aphasia rehabilitation. To my knowledge there are no other books on the market that present both types of approaches in a collaborative way. I would highly recommend this both for graduate students planning evidence-based treatment in supervised learning environments and experienced clinicians who want to learn about the distinctions and benefits of each treatment approach."

1. Approaches to Aphasia Treatment
Cynthia K. Thompson and Linda Worrall
2. A Case of Fluent Aphasia
Anna Basso and Audrey L. Holland
3. Treatment for Fluent Aphasia from a Cognitive-Impairment Perspective
Anna Basso
4. Concentrating on the Consequences: Consequence-Oriented Treatment for MS
Audrey L. Holland
5. Impairment and Life Consequences Approaches for Fluent Aphasia: Convergences and Divergences
Audrey L. Holland and Anna Basso
6. A Case of Severe Apraxia of Speech and Aphasia
David Howard and Nina Simmons-Mackie
7. Intervention for a Case of Severe Apraxia of Speech and Aphasia: A Functional-Social Perspective
Nina Simmons-Mackie
8. Treatment for a Case of Severe Apraxia of Speech and Aphasia: An Impairment-Based Perspective
David Howard
9. Impairment and Functional-Social Approaches for Severe Apraxia of Speech and Aphasia: Convergences and Divergences
Nina Simmons-Mackie and David Howard
10. A Case of Nonfluent Aphasia and Agrammatism
Cynthia K. Thompson and Linda Worrall
11. Impairment-Based Treatment for Agrammatism from a Neurolinguistic Perspective
Cynthia K. Thompson
12. Intervention for Agrammatism from a Consequences Perspective
Linda Worrall
13. Impairment and Life Consequences Approaches for Treatment of Nonfluent Aphasia with Agrammatism: Convergences and Divergences
Linda Worrall and Cynthia K. Thompson
14. A Case of Anomic Aphasia
Nadine Martin and Jacqueline Hinckley
15. Intervention for Anomic Aphasia from a Functional Perspective
Jacqueline Hinckley
16. Intervention for Anomic Aphasia from a Cognitive Impairment-Based Perspective
Nadine Martin
17. Cognitive and Functional Interventions for Anomic Aphasia: Convergences and Divergences
Jacqueline Hinckley and Nadine Martin
18. A Case of Letter-by-Letter Reading
Linda Garcia
19. A Treatment Plan for a Letter-by-Letter Reader: Intervention from an Integrated Perspective
Linda Garcia
20. The State of Impairment- and Consequences-Based Approaches to Treatment for Aphasia: Final Commentary
Argye Hillis, Linda Worrall, and Cynthia K. Thompson
  • Index

About The Authors

Nadine Martin, Ph.D.

Nadine Martin, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University and is Director of the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience.

Cynthia K. Thompson, Ph.D.

Cynthia K. Thompson, PhD is a Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Linguistics, and the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University.

Linda Worrall, Ph.D.

Linda Worrall, PhD, is the co-director of the Communication Disability Centre within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Australia.


Anna Basso

Argye Hillis

Audrey L. Holland

David M. Howard

Linda Garcia

Nina Simmons-Mackie

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