Working with people with aphasia
- a 5 day course for volunteers and assistants

Speakers: Connect Therapy Team
Date: 9 September 2002

Course reference number: VA1
Cost: £250 (waged); £200 (unwaged/self-funding)

About the course
This 5 day course discusses traditional and new ways of working with people with aphasia in health and voluntary sector settings. The course has a number of key aims which are related to participants everyday work experiences. These include:

  • To develop greater understanding of aphasia – the practical and emotional implications
  • To develop participants confidence and skills as effective conversation partners
  • To develop participants’ skills in facilitating groupwork
  • To explore the meaning of coping and support and identify ways of supporting people with aphasia, their relatives and ourselves
  • To explore definitions of disability and the culture of ‘caring’/ ‘helping’ which influences our practice

Who is the course for?
Volunteers, speech and language therapy assistants, general healthcare and rehabilitation assistants working in acute, rehabilitation and community based settings.

What will you get from attending the course
By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have a clear understanding of the way aphasia impacts upon a person’s communication, lifestyle and identity
  • Have a clear understanding of conversations and the way aphasia affects conversations and conversational opportunities
  • Be able to identify and use skills and techniques that support natural conversation in aphasia
  • Be able to identify and use strategies that facilitate groupwork
  • Have an understanding of ways to offer support to people with aphasia, their relatives and friends and other health and social care workers
  • Have increased sensitivity to cultural representations of disability and the ways they affect our practice and the lives of our clients

Other information

  • Tea and coffee provided
  • All course materials provided
  • Course times 10.00-4.00 daily
  • Apply to course administrator for information on local accommodation


Courses hotline 020 7367 0863
Fax 020 7367 0841
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