Communication And Its Impact On Individual 's Sense Of Belonging

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Acquired difficulties in communication have potential to significantly impact an individual’s sense of belonging, ultimately impeding their reintegration into society if not properly addressed. One population with prominent communication deficits includes the more than one million individuals currently diagnosed with aphasia in the United States (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke [NINDS], 2016). Attenuation of communication abilities isolates people from their prior life and role in society, decreasing their quality of life (Lam & Wodchis, 2010). Initially, due to a lack of resources, this population utilized group therapy (Kearns & Elman, 2001). More recently, evidence suggests this method is an integral part of improving communication (Fama, Baron, Hatfield, & Turkeltaub, 2016; Layfield, Ballard, & Robin, 2013). One skillset essential to successful communication includes conversation management (cite). A group setting provides a natural context for individuals with aphasia to employ such strategies. However, further analysis into group therapy efficacy will benefit clinicians in their practice. (need transition) Aphasia is an acquired neurogenic language disorder. A concise definition is challenging to establish because aphasia is not marked by one distinct feature. Aphasia entails a multitude of deficits, involving varying degrees of impairment based on the location and extent of brain damage (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
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