This statement have been developed by the NHMRC CCRE in Aphasia Rehabilitation in accordance with the most up to date research and expert opinion.
People with aphasia should have support material available to enable them to participate in communication.
Reference: Rose et al., 2003
NHMRC level of Evidence: III-2
Rationale: A preliminary study showed that aphasia friendly material (AF) assists people with aphasia to comprehend written information (Brennan, Worrall, & McKenna, 2005; T. Rose et al., 2003). Recommendations for how to best format printed education material (PEM) for people with aphasia include: short, simple language; content that is relevant and interesting to the reader; san serif font; bolding of important information; well organised information and the use of relevant graphics that contain captions (T. Rose et al., 2003; T. A. Rose, Worrall, Hickson, & Hoffmann, 2012). However, individual variations must always be considered as not everyone prefers AF material (Rose et al., 2003). Particular caution should be taken when using illustrations as some reports suggest that they can be distracting rather than helpful (Brennan et al., 2005). In addition, AF material needs to be supported by dialogue between the health professional and client, be easily obtainable, repeatedly provided and available in a range of media (T. Rose et al., 2010; Linda Worrall, Rose, Howe, McKenna, & Hickson, 2007).
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