Using the Systems Approach for Aphasia introduces therapists to systems theory, exploring the way in which a holistic method that is already a key part of other health and social care settings can be employed in aphasia therapy. Detailed case studies from the author’s own extensive experience demonstrate how systemic tools can be incorporated into practice, offering practical suggestions for service delivery and caseload management in frequently overloaded community health services. Exploring the treatment process from first encounters, through the management of goals and attainments, to caring for patients after therapy has ended, the book demonstrates a method of delivering therapy in a way that will better serve the people who live with aphasia and their families, as well as the clinician themselves.

Key features of this book include:

• An accessible overview of systems theory and its use in aphasia therapy.

• Consideration of how current popular ideas such as self-management, holistic rehabilitation and compassion focussed therapy can be incorporated to provide the best treatment.

• Guidance on when and how to involve families based on case studies.

• Case studies throughout to fully illustrate systemic approaches.

An essential resource for both students and seasoned clinicians, the theory explored in this book will provide a fresh approach to therapy and new skills for working with people with aphasia and their families.

chapter 1|19 pages

What is systems theory?

chapter 2|20 pages

A brief overview of aphasia therapy

chapter 3|21 pages

A systems approach to aphasia therapy

chapter 4|16 pages

The self of the therapist

chapter 5|21 pages

First encounters

chapter 6|28 pages

Reaching for goals

chapter 7|19 pages


chapter 8|25 pages

Aspirations for aphasia therapy

chapter 9|6 pages

Final thoughts