Jul 14, 2020
Welcome to the Aphasia Access
Conversations Podcast. I’m Jerry Hoepner, a faculty member in the
department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the
University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I am privileged to introduce
today’s guest Jamie Azios.
Dr. Jamie Azios is an Assistant
Professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is also a
2019 recipient of Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished
Scholar. Jamie has expertise in qualitative research methodologies.
Her research focuses on co-construction of conversation in aphasia
and therapeutic interactions between providers and individuals with
aphasia. Her recent work on social interactions of individuals with
aphasia in long term care contexts.
In today’s episode you
- Learn about common barriers to
social interactions for persons with aphasia living in long-term
- Specifically, there is often a
hyper-focus on care tasks which can get in the way of getting to
know the person with aphasia during those interactions.
- Learn about the typical type of
interactions that take place in long-term care
- Reminder to focus on training
partners – CNAs, nurses, other staff, visitors, family members, and
- Reminder to modify the physical
environment to support persons with aphasia.
- Learn about ethnographic,
qualitative research, where the researcher is embedded in the
environment as they make their observations.
- Hear stories and examples of those
deep, close observations.
- Reminder about the need to educate
caregivers, family, and friends about aphasia.
- Reminder about the need to
advocate for persons with aphasia.
- Learn about using key words to
help scaffold comprehension for persons with aphasia and as a
written support to point to during conversation.
- Reminder to use gestures as a
multimodal support that also helps comprehension but also serves as
a model for supporting expression.
- Consider your proximity and
position in relation to persons with aphasia – get on the same
- Learn ideas about how to reduce
social isolation in long-term care settings and beyond.
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