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  • The Brain Care Center’s Workbook for Individuals with Aphasia - Take Home Practice for Speech and Language
  • Blair, Olivia
    Horricks, Desirae
    Nowik, Andrea
    Smith, Alaina
  • Paslawski, Teresa
    Hopper, Tammy
  • Speech & Language Workbook
    take home
    Brain Care Centre (BCC)
    left hemisphere stroke
  • 2011/30/11
  • Report
  • English
  • Adobe PDF
  • 630821 bytes
  • This paper outlines the process involved in the development of a speech and language focused workbook that was created in collaboration with the Brain Care Center, in Edmonton, Alberta. ‘A Workbook for Individuals with Aphasia – Take Home Practice for Speech and Language’ was created to support and encourage communication for individuals with speech and language needs resulting from left hemisphere stroke, who have acquired a language impairment called aphasia. After an initial consultation with the Brain Care Center, a literature search was completed to identify the rationale for inclusion of each of the four main sections of the workbook: word finding, reading, writing, and cognition. Another literature search was also completed to find effective therapy techniques for each of the aforementioned areas of language. These evidence-based techniques formed the basis of the activities that were designed to be implemented by a layperson in a home setting. This paper also contains the evidence and rationale for the inclusion of additional sections of the workbook regarding socialization strategies, an educational sheet about aphasia, a wallet size information card, and community resources available within the Edmonton region for individuals with aphasia. The resource workbook was designed for home practice with a caregiver to allow individuals with aphasia opportunities to build skills for reintegration into the community and improvement of daily living skills, thereby increasing the individuals’ quality of life. The evidence-based activity and resource workbook was presented to the Brain Care Center through an in-service in October, 2011.