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People with aphasia work with 'Stepping Out'

13 March 2008

People with aphasia at Connect worked with 'Stepping Out' a self-management programme for people who have had a stroke and their carers.

People with aphasia met with Dr Fiona Jones, from Stepping Out, to give suggestions and advice about how to make their written information for people with stroke, clear and accessible.

The programme is a personalised self-management training programme for people who have had a stroke and their carers. It is designed to support the development of self-management skills.  The programme includes an interactive workbook which supports the training programme. There is also a complementary programme (workshop, follow-up support and resource pack) designed for practitioners. This is aimed at nurses, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and speech and language therapists working at all stages of the stroke journey, to enhance their skills to deliver self-management training. It is currently being piloted in three areas across the UK.

Dr Jones said 'The experience of working with advisors from Connect, enabled and supported us to completely rethink the communication accessibility of our Stroke workbook. The group gave us a real sense of how our workbook was perceived, and suggested many ideas and improvements which helped us retain our focus on the aims and philosophy of Stepping Out. The skills of the facilitators and advisors from Connect were invaluable to us in producing the final version of our stroke workbook, which is due to be published in April this year'

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Stepping Out group at Connect

People with aphasia advising Stepping Out

Dr Fiona Jones from Stepping Out

Dr Fiona Jones (right) with Wasi Daniju from Connect

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Wendy Cumberland who has aphasia

Wendy Cumberland gives her view about the Stepping Out materials

'The skills of facilitators and advisors from Connect were invaluable to us',

Dr Fiona Jones