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Designing a community aphasia group (Levy et al., 2022)

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posted on 2022-09-01, 18:16 authored by Deborah F. Levy, Anna V. Kasdan, Katherine M. Bryan, Stephen M. Wilson, Michael de Riesthal, Dominique P. Herrington

Purpose: Community aphasia groups serve an important purpose in enhancing the quality of life and psychosocial well-being of individuals with chronic aphasia. Here, we describe the Aphasia Group of Middle Tennessee, a community aphasia group with a 17-year (and continuing) history, housed within Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Method: We describe in detail the history, philosophy, design, curriculum, and facilitation model of this group. We also present both quantitative and qualitative outcomes from group members and their loved ones.

Results: Group members and their loved ones alike indicated highly positive assessments of the format and value of the Aphasia Group of Middle Tennessee.

Conclusion: By characterizing in detail the successful Aphasia Group of Middle Tennessee, we hope this can serve as a model for clinicians interested in starting their own community aphasia groups, in addition to reaching individuals living with chronic aphasia and their loved ones through the accessible and aphasia-friendly materials provided with this clinical focus article (see Supplemental Material S1).

Supplemental Material S1. Aphasia-friendly article: A version of this research article designed to be accessible for individuals with aphasia and their loved ones.

Supplemental Material S2. A sample version of an aid to consent used to consent individuals with aphasia for the survey.

Supplemental Material S3. A sample of the slides used to conduct the survey for individuals with aphasia over Zoom.

Levy, D. F., Kasdan, A. V., Bryan, K. M., Wilson, S. M., de Riesthal, M., & Herrington, D. P. (2022). Designing and implementing a community aphasia group: An illustrative case study of the Aphasia Group of Middle Tennessee. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups. Advance online publication.


This research was supported in part by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (F32 DC020096 awarded to Deborah Levy; F31 DC020112 awarded to Anna Kasdan; R01 DC013270 awarded to Stephen Wilson), a National Science Foundation GRFP Award awarded to Anna Kasdan, and the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy.