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Family and community roles

Speech pathologists should talk with the person with aphasia and their family about the roles the client has in the family and community.

Reference: Coffin et al., 2004
NHMRC level of Evidence: GPP

Apart from helping to build a relationship, conversation may reveal important information that guides interactions and management.  For example, it may become apparent the client is an elder in which case a particular level of respect is appropriate.


  1. Coffin, J., Hermeston, W., Merritt, G., Baraga, J., Quartermaine, M., Dhu, J., Allen, S., Black, C., McDonald, A., Ronan, M., & Ashwin, S. (2004). National Stroke Unit Program Aboriginal Stroke Project, Melbourne: National Stroke Foundation.


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