SPPARC highlights the importance of working with partners in order to create real-life change both for partners and for people with aphasia.
The SPPARC pack consists of a manual, CD Rom and DVD and provides:
Practical resources to run support and conversation training programmes either for groups of partners or for the partner and the person with aphasia together as a couple.
Conversation assessment and treatment materials, photocopiable and printable (from the CD Rom) activities and handouts, as well as an introduction to conversational analysis.
A DVD with 27 extracts of everyday conversations between several people with aphasia and their partners, which can be used as a resource both for assessing everyday conversation and for facilitating change.
Theoretically validated through the 'Coping with Communicating' research project from University College London, SPPARC goes beyond the theory and provides a complete resource of clinically effective tools to work with people with aphasia and their communication partners.
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"A very significant addition to speech and language therapy practice." RCSLT Bulletin "The pack includes analysis and summary forms as well as very explicit links between assessment and individualised intervention...these materials are often lacking in published therapy programmes and are especially helpful...the pack provides very clear guidelines...overall it will be a very significant addition to speech and language therapy practice." - Linda Armstrong, SLT, Bulletin "The manuals are easy to read and use. They contain a sound theoretical background...Quotes from participants and practical tips from the lead clinician make it very easy to adapt the materials to the specific needs of various care groups. A useful addition to any department working with people with aphasia and their communication partners." - Tracey McDevitt, Senior SLT, St Mary's NHS Hospital Trust, London, Speech & Language Therapy in Practice
Sarah Lock, Dr Ray Wilkinson and Dr Karen Bryan are speech and language therapists with a special interest in intervention for people with aphasia and their partners. They worked extensively on the two-year 'Coping with Communicating' research project in the Department of Human Communication Science, University College London, which led to the development of this resource pack.