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Potential benefits of participating in an aphasia theater program

Castka, Karen and Abbanat, Ginette and Holland, Audrey and Szabo, Gretchen
Potential benefits of participating in an aphasia theater program. In Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2009 : 39th : Keystone, CO : May 26-30, 2009) / : (2009).

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Abstract

While there is substantial literature attesting to the benefits of music and art therapies for people with aphasia (PWA) (Hobson, 2006; Peterson, 2006), there is little concerning their participation in theater. Although the value of drama groups in increasing confidence, belonging, and group cohesion across a range of disabling conditions has been documented (Moreno, 1985; Landy, 1994), they are seldom undertaken with PWA. This paper describes a community based aphasia center’s theater program and provides qualitative data discussing the reasons PWA joined the program and the identified benefits gained from participation. Psychosocial, linguistic, and recreational/vocational benefits are discussed.

EPrint Type:Clinical Aphasiology Paper
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
ID Code:1972
Conference:Clinical Aphasiology Conference: Clinical Aphasiology Conference (2009 : 39th : Keystone, CO : May 26-30, 2009)
Additional Information:USED WITH PERMISSION.