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Describing what happens in therapies

We have been involved in a number of projects all with the aim of describing in more detail what happens in therapies. We have been working on developing ways of describing what therapists and clients do, and how they interact during therapy sessions. The aim of this work is to find a way for therapists to be able to talk together about what they are doing in therapy, to assist better sharing of therapy techniques and rationales. We also hope this will make it easier for therapists to talk with clients and their families about what they are doing in therapy and why.

Who is involved: Simon Horton (University of East Anglia), Sally Byng (Connect), and Lorraine de Souza (Brunel University)

For further information about these projects contact: [email protected] or [email protected]

Research publications from the project
Horton S, Byng S. (2001) Examining interaction in language therapy.  Int. J. Lang. Comm. Dis. 2000; 35: 3: 355-375

Horton, S. and Byng, S. (2002) Semantic therapy in day-to-day clinical practice: perspective on diagnosis and therapy related to semantic impairments in aphasia. In A. Hillis (Ed) Handbook of Adult Language Disorders: Integrating cognitive neuropsychology, neurology and rehabilitation. Philadelphia: Psychology Press

Horton, S., Byng, S., Bunning, K., Pring, T. (2004) Teaching and learning speech and language therapy skills: the effectiveness of classroom as clinic in speech and language therapy student education. International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders, 39, 3, 365-390

Byng, S., de Souza, L., Wood, N., Kerr,J. (2000) An investigation of therapy techniques used with people with physical and complex difficulties affecting posture, eating and communication. Final report to the NHS Executive Research & Development Programme for People with Physical and Complex Disabilities

Byng, S and Duchan, J. (in press) Describing therapies for aphasia. In S. Byng, J. Duchan and C. Pound The Aphasia Therapy Files 2. Psychology Press

Research funded by: City University; the Stroke Association; The NHS Research and Development programme; the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists; the PPP Foundation

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