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ECU academics to present at international aphasia conference

Thursday, 18 August 2011

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Professor Beth Armstrong and Dr Deborah Hersh will be presenting papers from their ongoing research into aphasia rehabilitation in September at the British Aphasiology Society Conference in Reading, UK. This is a biennial international conference attended by researchers, academics and clinicians from many countries and is highly regarded in the field. Professor Armstrong will be presenting a paper entitled “Expressing opinions and feelings in a conversational setting” related to the ways in which people with aphasia (a language disorder after stroke) convey emotions and opinions - a vital part of social interaction - given limited speech. She will also be discussing the implications of language disorder on everyday conversational functions and potential new directions for therapy. Dr Hersh will be presenting her paper: “Working SMARTER: Reconceptualising goals in aphasia rehabilitation”. This research introduces a new framework, developed from an Australia-wide, NHMRC-funded project, to help structure collaborative goal setting in the challenging aphasia rehabilitation context. Both papers are being submitted to the journal Aphasiology.

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