This book focuses explicitly on therapeutic techniques developed from a social model approach to disability and learning to live with difference. It describes theories, activities and methods of implementation developed from the work of Connect with people with long term aphasia. "Theoretical discussion runs alongside practical ideas for therapy and evaluation, case studies and commentaries from the authors regarding the method and means of implementation." Synthesises theory and practice in this new area of service delivery. Its non-impairment led focus of the therapies means that it has wide appeal to therapists, health service professionals and volunteers who work with people with chronic disabilities affecting lifestyle and communication.
Carole Pound is a speech and language therapist with a specialist interest in neurorehabilitation. She is a director of Connect. Susie Parr has worked as a speech and language therapist in Ireland, Liverpool and Bristol, she has also carried out research into aphasia and literacy and the social consequences. Jayne Lindsay works at Connect with Carole and previously worked extensively with people with communication and swallowing problems in all stages of the rehabilitation process. Celia Woolf is a speech and language therapist with a specialist interest in community based therapy for adults. After completing the Advanced Clinical Studies in Aphasia, she joined the team at Connect.