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Aphasia Access Conversations

How We’re Reducing Communication Barriers

Aphasia Access Conversations brings you the latest aphasia resources, tips, and aha moments from Life Participation professionals who deliver way more than stroke and aphasia facts. Topics include aphasia group treatment ideas, communication access strategies, plus ways for growing awareness and funds for your group aphasia therapy program. This podcast is produced by Aphasia Access.

Nov 10, 2020

Jerry Hoepner, a faculty member in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, speaks with our guest Dr. Louise Keegan about her work and the application of the LPA to serving persons with traumatic brain injuries.


We're fortunate to have a conversation about her work and the application of the LPA to serving persons with traumatic brain injuries. Dr. Keegan is the founding program director of the Master of Science in speech language pathology program at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Her primary research focuses on identifying the linguistic skills of individuals with cognitive communication disorders after traumatic brain injury. She employs various linguistic analysis methods to investigate the communication, strengths and skills of this population, and also examines optimal treatment approaches for the communication cognitive communication difficulties experienced after a brain injury. In addition to clinical research, Dr. Keegan also conducts research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning one of my favorites, as related to the areas of clinical education, experiential learning, and problem-based learning. Dr. Kagan has numerous peer reviewed publications has received funding from the American Speech Language Hearing Association and has presented her work at many national and international conversation conferences.

In today’s episode you will:

  • Learn about applications of the life participation approach to serving persons with traumatic brain injuries
  • Learn about the INSIGHT group for persons with traumatic brain injuries, a life participation approach grounded in training communication in authentic settings that are personally relevant and meaningful to the participants
  • Learn about a chapter Dr. Louise Keegan and Dr. Peter Meulenbroek contributed to Audrey Holland and Roberta Elman’s recent book on the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia
  • Learn about how a problem-based curriculum helps train future speech-language pathologists and nurture a person-centered learning context that aligns with the life participation approach
  • Learn about the application of systemic functional linguistics to research examining contextualized discourse of persons with traumatic brain injuries
  • Learn about how humor can be a strength for persons with traumatic brain injury
  • And, did you know that there is a parallel movement to the LPAA approach that is blossoming in the treatment of persons with acquired cognitive communication disorders?

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