What is it about?

This study was the first step in developing a new treatment of speech production (ActionSC). We interviewed people with aphasia and speech-language pathologists to learn what goals and procedures they value. Both groups said they wanted control, choice, and flexibility to do what they thought worked best.

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Why is it important?

Stakeholder perspectives are often overlooked when evaluating and developing methods for aphasia treatment. It was powerful to learn that both speech-language pathologists and people with aphasia value autonomy. Treatments that incorporate these features are likely used more often and more fully.


I really enjoyed writing this article. I believe that incorporating stakeholders into the research process will lead to research that has the potential to make a larger impact on society. Writing this article gave me the opportunity to really listen and consider what is important to people with aphasia and speech therapists when working towards speech goals in people with aphasia.

Tyson Harmon
Brigham Young University

It was very rewarding to work with Tyson and Lucy on this paper and it was helpful for me to take a step back and allow fresh and less biased eyes to interpret the interviews. This is but a first step of ensuring stakeholder involvement throughout the ActionSC development project.

Katarina L Haley
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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This page is a summary of: Proactive social validation of methods and procedures used for training speech production in aphasia, Aphasiology, October 2017, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/02687038.2017.1385051.
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