Supporting Family Caregivers of Adults With Communication Disorders: A Resource Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists

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Joan C. Payne

Details: 304 pages, B&W, Softcover, 6" x 9"

ISBN13: 978-1-59756-502-8

© 2015

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Supporting Family Caregivers of Adults With Communication Disorders: A Resource Guide for Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists provides professionals in speech-language pathology and audiology with tools to assist and support family caregivers of persons with chronic or disabling communication disorders.

Family caregivers are those who provide continuous, unpaid care to family members and friends who are unable to care for themselves. Caregivers can be trained by speech-language pathologists and audiologist to augment treatment goals and can be instrumental in motivating clients to complete treatment or therapy. However, family caregivers are vulnerable to a number of debilitating conditions as a result of the physical and emotional toll of daily caregiving; these can include development of chronic diseases, fatigue, depression, and premature death.

Key Features

  • Detailed descriptions of stressors that can affect family caregivers and the various coping styles and cultural expectations of caregivers
  • Questionnaires and survey instruments to aid clinicians in recognizing the signs of caregiver fatigue and distress
  • Tools to engage caregivers in the goals and objectives of treatment
  • Caregiver support resources that focus on transportation (to and from appointments), financial literacy, respite care, meals, end-of-life care, advance directives, and home health services


Caregivers are invaluable to the overall quality of life of persons with communication disorders, ensuring they receive effective treatment and assisting with managing their care. This text will help speech-language pathologists and audiologists better assist family caregivers in this crucial role.

Chapter 1. Introduction

Joan C. Payne

Chapter 2. The Dynamics of Family Caregiving

Joan C. Payne

Chapter 3. Diversity Among Caregivers

Joan C. Payne

Chapter 4. What Speech-Language Pathologists Should Know

Joan C. Payne

Chapter 5. What Audiologists Should Know

Jay R. Lucker, Ronald C. Pearlman, and Joan C. Payne

Chapter 6. Identifying and Assessing the Impact of Caregiving

Joan C. Payne

Chapter 7. Educating and Counseling Caregivers Within the Clinical Setting

Joan C. Payne

Chapter 8. When and Where to Refer Family Caregivers

Wilhelmina Wright-Harp

Chapter 9. Epilogue: Case Study

Joan C. Payne

Appendix A

Joan C. Payne

Joan C. Payne, PhD, is a Fellow of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and is a professor of communication disorders at Howard University in Washington, DC, where she has been a member of the faculty for more than 40 years. She is nationally and internationally recognized for her work in neurogenic language disorders from an ethnobiological perspective and is the 2014 recipient of the Scholar-Mentor Award from the National Black Association for Speech-Language and Hearing. During her tenure at Howard, Dr. Payne has published numerous articles and book chapters on sickle cell disease, traumatic brain injury, cultural competence, health disparities, caregiving, aphasia, and cultural aspects of neurogenic language disorders. She has been a visiting professor at the Universidade Tuíuti do Paraná in Curitiba, Brazil, and at Tennessee State University in Nashville, Tennessee. Also, Dr. Payne has received the Certificate of Recognition for Special Contributions in Multicultural Affairs and a Diversity Champion Award from ASHA.

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