Having a healthy social network is essential for longevity, health and psychosocial well-being.  This is true for persons of all ages whether they have a communication disorder or not.  Social networks have been studied in many fields, however, research on the social networks of people with aphasia isn’t so easy to track down.

Candace Vickers, PhD, CCC-SLP has been assisting adults with aphasia for 30 years.

As I began my doctoral work, I realized there was a huge body of literature that detailed the benefits of social networks for adults.  It covered almost every segment of the adult population, but people with aphasia had been omitted from most of those studies because it’s so difficult to communicate with them.  In the field of speech language pathology, attention to development of social networks is an integral part of an augmentative and alternative communication approach to aphasia.

To continue reading about Dr. Vickers ways of incorporating principles of AAC into group therapy, please click the following link:

A Social Networks Approach to Aphasia