Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan

Conversational Treatments

  • Julie GriffithEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_9018


Conversation therapy


  1. (a)

    Conversational treatments for people with aphasia strive to enhance the exchange of information between communication partners and create successful and fulfilling interactions by specifically practicing the necessary elements of dialogue (e.g., conveying a message, expanding upon an established topic) within conversation.

  2. (b)

    Conversation therapy is “‘direct’, planned therapy that is designed to enhance conversational skill and confidence” using activities that directly address conversation and focus on changing behaviors within the context of genuine conversation (Simmons-Mackie et al. 2014, p. 512)”.


Historical Background

There are distinct periods in the history of the diagnosis and treatment of aphasia. Each time period is marked by a movement that has laid the foundation for contemporary conversational treatments. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, physicians and scholars (e.g., Paul Broca, Carl Wernicke) focused...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Speech Pathology and AudiologyBall State UniversityMuncieUSA