Group Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: The Expert Clinician's Approach

Second Edition

Roberta J. Elman

Details: 383 pages, B&W, Softcover, 7" x 10"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-070-2

© 2007 | Available

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  • The book is designed for day-to-day use for busy practitioners
  • Expert clinicians are the authors of each of the chapters giving the reader authoritative guidance
  • Each chapter follows the same basic outline for quick and accessible reference
  • Tables, charts, and summaries enhance the text

This newly expanded second edition is the definitive reference guide to clinical models, as well as specific clinical techniques, for providing client-centered group treatment for aphasia and other neurogenic communication disorders.

Introductory chapters provide a comprehensive overview of group treatment, group process and group dynamics. Contributors, all of whom are practicing expert clinicians from throughout the United States, Canada, South Africa, Australia, and the United Kingdom, give an in-depth description of their programs:

  • philosophy of program
  • entry criteria
  • client assessment of clients
  • establishment of treatment goals
  • documentation of progress
  • clinical techniques utilized
  • ischarge criteria and reimbursement issues
  • detailed information on the day-to-day workings of their programs
  • case examples and protocols for assessment or documentation

Filling the void in current educational and clinical texts, Group Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: The Expert Clinician's Approach necessarily provides a wealth of insight and global perspective in the provision of care in aphasia and related conditions for students, clinicians, and professionals in other health-related disciplines.


"this book is essential. Group intervention strategies offer distinctive benefits as a supplement or in some cases a replacement to traditional one-on-one modes of treatment. Elman has organized, coordinated, and gathered a team who advance these concepts brilliantly. This book should be on the desk of any clinical researcher, teacher, or clinician who struggles with the challenges of brain-based communication loss."
—Leonard L. LaPointe, PhD, Florida State University

“...[This book] meets the author's worthy objectives of providing an accurate account of how clinicians experienced in providing group therapy do so successfully...The author includes several examples of diagnostic tools, treatment plans, and activities that would be helpful. This book would be extremely useful to student clinicians or certified speech-language pathologists conducting group treatment. The detailed and practical information in this book is necessary when first learning to conduct group treatment and is not always found in more general texts on neurogenic communication disorders. This second edition provides updated information that improves the quality of this book."
—Sarah Colle, BA, George Washington University, Doody's Review Service

"Named to Doody's Core Titles in the Health Sciences 2015 list"

  • I. Front Matter
    1. Preface
    2. Acknowledgements
    3. Introduction to Group Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders
      Roberta J. Elman
    4. Group Process, Group Dynamics, and Group Techniques with Neurogenic Communication Disorders
      Susan E. Adair Ewing
    5. Measuring Outcomes of Group Therapy
      Kathryn L. Garrett and Jane T. Pimentel
    6. Reimbursement Issues Particular to Group Treatment
      Cynthia Busch
  • II. Aphasia
  • III. Speech-Language Pathologist Facilitated Groups
    1. 1. Aphasia Group Communication Treatment: The Aphasia Center of California Approach
      Ellen Bernstein-Ellis and Roberta J. Elman
    2. 2. A Problem-Focused Group Treatment Program for Clients with Mild Aphasia
      Roberta C. Marshall
    3. 3. Rebuilding Identity through Stroke Support Groups: Embracing the Person with Aphasia and Significant Others
      Barbara B. Shadden
  • IV. University Groups
    1. 1. Clients as Teachers: Two Aphasia Groups at the University of Queensland
      Linda E. Worrall, Bronwyn J. Davidson, Tami J. Howe, and Tanya A. Rose
    2. 2. Aphasia Groups in a University Setting
      Pelagie M. Beeson and Audrey L. Holland
    3. 3. Contextual Group Communication Therapy for Persons with Aphasia: A Scaffolded Discourse Approach
      Kathryn L. Garrett, Caterina F. Staltari, and Laura J. Moir
    4. 4. "We all speak the same language, we all speak aphasic": The Evolution of Therapy Groups within a Changing Sociopolitical Context
      Claire Penn and Dilys Jones
  • V. Volunteer and Participant Facilitated Groups
    1. 1. Groups in the Aphasia Institute's Introductory Program: Preparing to Live Successfully with Aphasia
      Aura Kagan, Rochelle Cohen-Schneider, Charline Sherman, and Lorraine Podolsky
    2. 2. Making Connections: Involving People with Aphasia as Group Facilitators
      Tom Penman and Carole Pound
    3. 3. The Power of Aphasia Groups: Celebrating Roger Ross
      Audrey L. Holland
    4. 4. "From the Ground Up": The Talkback Group Program in South Australia
      Deborah Hersh
  • VI. Right Hemisphere Damage
    1. 1. Group Treatment for Patients with Right Hemisphere Damage
      Leora R. Cherney and Anita S. Halper
  • VII. Traumatic Brain Injury
    1. 1. Traumatic Brain Injury: Early Intervention
      Rita J. Gillis
    2. 2. Community Oriented Group Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury
      Rita J. Gillis
  • VIII. Dementia
    1. 1. Group Cognitive-Communication Treatment for People with Dementia
      Tammy Hopper
  • IX. Index

Roberta J. Elman

Roberta J. Elman, PhD, CCC-SLP, BC-ANCDS, is President/CEO and Founder of the Aphasia Center of California, an independent, nonprofit organization providing speech-language treatment, clinical research, and training/consultative services based in Oakland and Menlo Park, California. Prior to beginning the Aphasia Center of California in 1996, Dr. Elman was Co-Director of Rehabilitation at an Outpatient Medical Rehabilitation Center, where she also served as Director of the Speech-Language Department and the Aphasia Program. Dr. Elman has more than 35 years of experience in the assessment and treatment of neurogenic communication disorders. She is an internationally invited speaker, the author of numerous professional publications and webinars, and the editor of a book for Plural Publishing entitled Group Treatment of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: The Expert Clinician’s Approach. Dr. Elman is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), a recipient of the Audrey Holland Award from Aphasia Access, and a Board Certified member of the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences.

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