This statement have been developed by the NHMRC CCRE in Aphasia Rehabilitation in accordance with the most up to date research and expert opinion.
Communication partner training should be provided to improve the communicative environment provided by frequent communication partners for the person with aphasia.
Reference: Simmons-Mackie et al., 2010
NHMRC level of Evidence: I
Rationale: Communication partner training was shown to be an effective approach for improving communication activities and/or participation of some communication partners.
Simmons-Mackie et al completed a review on conversation partner training interventions. Of the 31 included studies, 5 addressed training of health care providers or volunteers. Two of these were randomised control trials. Both used strategies based on the principles of Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCATM). Results from this systematic review demonstrated that communication partner training is effective in improving communication participation of persons with chronic aphasia and that of their of trained communication partner.
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