Many speech-language pathologists (SLPs) can recall a patient with aphasia who was particularly successful in therapy. One thing these patients seem to have in common is an involved family member or care partner. In addition to anecdotes, the standard of treatment for aphasia is moving toward family-centered care. The Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) states that all people affected by aphasia are entitled to receive care. It also places an emphasis on life participation goals. For most people, that includes conversation with their family and care partners.
Although SLPs know that an involved care partner is ideal, it can be a difficult topic to approach if the care partner is reluctant. Some tips for getting off to a good start include: