Introduction:

The Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) is a patient-driven service delivery model that focuses on supporting long-term life goals for people with aphasia (PWA; Chapey et al., 2000). LPAA places the life concerns of PWA at the center of clinical decisions, which enables the PWA to participate and collaborate in the recovery process (Chapey et al., 2000). Under LPAA, SLPs are encouraged not only to work on communication impairments, but also to collaborate with the PWA to set therapeutic goals in order to establish a solid foundation that promotes strong relationships and a secure environment for the PWA.

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When integrating the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) into everyday practice, SLPs must undergo a mindset shift. SLPs are known as the ‘experts’ in language and communication, but our patients are the experts on themselves. Therefore, every stage of rehabilitation must include collaboration with the person with aphasia (PWA) and ongoing assessment to ensure that targeted goals are related to their life.

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