Think Tank Deliberates Future Directions for the Social Approach to Aphasia Purpose: This article describes the rationale and outcome of an international meeting held to explore evidence related to social approaches to aphasia intervention. Method: A think tank and conference took place in Toronto, Canada, in September 2007 with the purpose of mobilizing a process of collaboration to document and collect ... Article
Article  |   April 01, 2008
Think Tank Deliberates Future Directions for the Social Approach to Aphasia
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Nina Simmons-Mackie
    Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, LA
  • Jamie Conklin
    Cadence Human Systems, Inc., Ottawa, Canada and Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  • Aura Kagan
    Aphasia Institute, Toronto, Canada
Article Information
Language Disorders / Aphasia / Articles
Article   |   April 01, 2008
Think Tank Deliberates Future Directions for the Social Approach to Aphasia
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2008, Vol. 18, 24-32. doi:10.1044/nnsld18.1.24
SIG 2 Perspectives on Neurophysiology and Neurogenic Speech and Language Disorders, April 2008, Vol. 18, 24-32. doi:10.1044/nnsld18.1.24
Abstract

Purpose: This article describes the rationale and outcome of an international meeting held to explore evidence related to social approaches to aphasia intervention.

Method: A think tank and conference took place in Toronto, Canada, in September 2007 with the purpose of mobilizing a process of collaboration to document and collect evidence related to social approaches to aphasia. Using a framework called “Living with Aphasia: Framework for Outcome Measurement” (A-FROM), meeting participants worked to identify evidence available in the literature related to social approaches, identify gaps in evidence, and establish a plan to move forward in the process of establishing a comprehensive evidence base.

Results: A preliminary summary of evidence was defined according to A-FROM domains, and weaknesses and gaps were identified. Concrete directions for the future were set forth as action plans.

Conclusions: This report on the outcomes of the international think tank serves as an invitation to those interested in furthering the evidence for social approaches to aphasia to become involved in a collaborative process of evaluating and collecting evidence.

Acknowledgments
The September 2007 Think Tank and Conference on Social Approaches to Aphasia, Living Successfully with Aphasia: Intervention, Evaluation and Evidence, was sponsored by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario, Canadian Stroke Network, Aphasia Institute. The views expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the ministry.
The authors wish to thank Joseph R. Duffy, PhD for his thoughtful comments on an earlier draft of this article.
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