Communication partners for persons with aphasia:Achievements and future goals of a long-term support program in Aichi Prefecture, Japan Tomoko Suzuki 1 , Misa Hagino 2 , Tomoko Hasegawa 3 , Fumiyasu Murase 4 , Masami Morooka 5 , Kazuko Yamada 5 1Speech-Language-Hearing Therapy Course, Department of Medical Contribution, Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, Aichi Shukutoku University 2Department of Rehabilitation, JCOH Chukyo Hospital 3Department of Rehabilitation, Tousei General Hospital 4Jeneras Inc., Visiting Nurse Station “Hotaru” 5Department of Rehabilitation, Nagoya City Rehabilitation Center Keyword: 失語症 , 会話パートナー , 失語症友の会 , 社会参加 , エンパワメント , aphasia , communication partner , peer circle for persons with aphasia , social participation , empowerment pp.32-40
Published Date 2018/3/15
DOI https://doi.org/10.11477/mf.6001200161
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 For over ten years in Aichi Prefecture, volunteer speech-language-hearing therapists (SLHT) have been training communication partners (CP) for persons with aphasia (PWA). The CPs organized a non-profit organization to support PWAs participating in aphasia peer circles. Two surveys were conducted to evaluate the achievements of the support program. The results revealed that both the CPs and the PWAs regarded the support activities as highly valuable. PWAs reported that assistance from the CPs enabled them to communicate their feelings and thoughts in the activities of the peer circles, which in turn promoted a sense of belonging, as well as of self-efficacy. However, several CPs reported difficulties in facilitating the peer-circle activities, while some PWAs reported being reluctant to ask CPs to support their personal needs. It was suggested that systematic and continuous support by SLHTs is necessary for both CPs and PWAs. Therefore, SLHTs should take the lead in broadening their role beyond speech and language therapy and so empower PWAs and their families in order to restore PWA's participation in the community.

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