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From The CriticsReviewer: Tamara Stone, MS, CCC-SLP(Communication Consultations)
Description: This book provides families information to assist them in understanding and supporting family members who are stroke survivors. This is an update of the original edition, published in 1997.
Purpose: The author provides this book to educate families about the various and significant impairments to thinking and communication following a stroke. Families will find information on numerous topics related to communication after a stroke. This second edition includes updated information on aphasia, dysarthria, and apraxia, and profiles of stroke survivors and their families. It is written in an easy to follow format allowing readers to pick and choose pertinent topics. The author has created a family guide worth adding to the library of speech-language pathologists working with stroke survivors.
Audience: This would be particularly useful to families and caregivers of stroke survivors with long-term communication deficits.
Features: In addition to short informational sections on various aspects of stroke survival, the book includes a section addressing questions frequently asked by those caring for loved ones affected by stroke, family profiles, and information related to dignity and emotional needs of stroke survivors, as well as a resource list of support organizations.
Assessment: Speech-language pathologists will find the information supports the communication treatment provided to patients and reinforces key techniques caregivers and families can use to facilitate communication while maintaining the dignity of their loved one. The author does an excellent job of providing a handbook that will educate families of our communication-challenged patients.