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From The CriticsReviewer: Aimee R Dietz, Ph.D. (University of Cincinnati College of Allied Health Sciences)
Description: An improvement in this edition of a compilation of both the history and the future of aphasia interventions is the increased support for the notion that aphasia is cognitively based. Additionally, this book provides the foundation for clinicians to learn about restorative and compensatory intervention approaches for people with aphasia and related disorders.
Purpose: "The purpose of the fifth edition is to bring together significant thoughts on intervention and to stimulate further developments in the remediation of adults with aphasia," according to the editor. She has successfully assimilated current research and continued development of intervention and assessment tools in the field of aphasia, traumatic brain injury (TBI), dementia, and right-hemisphere syndrome.
Audience: Clinicians of all levels are the target audience. The standalone chapters could be successfully used independently depending on the purpose of a class or a clinician's caseload. The editor and the contributing authors are respected aphasiology researchers and clinicians at heart.
Features: "This book can serve as a guide to clinicians when planning the assessment of and intervention for people with aphasia, TBI, right hemisphere syndrome, and dementia. It helps readers to provide services that are embedded in a social construct regardless of the type of intervention (i.e., restorative, compensatory/augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), or combined). Some of the unique features include a description and examples of diagnostic and treatment SOAP notes and incorporation of Blackstone & Berg's Social Networks (2003) into the assessment chapter. The chapter on communication-based interventions also provides an up-to-date summary of the current state of the science of AAC and aphasia and offers ideas to help clinicians understand how restoration and compensation/AAC interventions can be jointly implemented from day one. An inconsistency that occurs throughout the book is the failure to provide current references in some instances. In some chapters, authors provide few, if any, updated references from the previous edition published in 2001. (It should be noted, however, that some chapters discuss important, historically based interventions that have not been extensively researched in recent years, such as Schuell's stimulation approach to rehabilitation.) In other chapters, authors have not updated incidence and prevalence numbers from the previous edition, while other authors have not updated references to include new treatment approaches that are now available.
Assessment: However, this fifth edition is the most comprehensive book available for clinicians of all levels seeking assessment and intervention ideas for people with aphasia and related disorders.