School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences

Therapy Resources

Newcastle University Aphasia Therapy Resources

In Association with the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia

The Newcastle University Aphasia Therapy Resources are based on extensive experience within the North East Aphasia Centre based at Newcastle University. They draw on research into aphasia and aphasia therapy combined with the expert knowledge of a large group of specialist speech and language therapists.

We are excited to be able to share some of the learning about aphasia therapy with the wider world and make these high quality resources available to all.

The therapy resources are designed work on particular areas of language processing but it is envisaged that they will be used in a context which recognises the person’s individual needs and to facilitate overall communication.

The therapy resources comprise a manual and CD material. The manuals provide theoretical background, discuss approaches to assessment and  treatment, and signpost the reader to the resources themselves. The resources are extensive and are produced on CD to allow maximum flexibility. The resources can be viewed on screen, printed out and even adapted for individual use. The resources cover three areas:

  1. The Written Comprehension resources focus on improving reading comprehension or reading for meaning, at the word, phrase, sentence and paragraph level (View sample - PDF file)
  2. The Verb and Sentence resources focus on sentence processing, with particular emphasis on verb retrieval and sentence production (View sample - PDF file)
  3. The Auditory Processing resources focus on improving the auditory processing of single words (View sample - PDF file)

How do I buy the resources?

To buy packages visit the Newcastle University HASS faculty shop.

Alternatively, send an purchase order to:
Janet Moss, North East Aphasia Centre, Speech and Language Sciences, Newcastle University, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle, NE1 7RU

Who are the materials useful for?

The materials are designed to be used by speech and language therapists, and for guided use by student speech and language therapists. Speech and language therapists may also choose therapy tasks which are then administered by speech and language therapist assistants or for independent use by people with aphasia.

They are useful for a wide range of people with aphasia, where therapy is focused on one of three areas. The resources are organised as separate therapy packages.

What do you get?

For each therapy package you have chosen, you will get a CD or set of CDs which contain all the information and therapy materials. You can then select what you require and print out accordingly. We will provide a printed copy of the manual to help guide you through and select from the materials.

Why on CD?

Speech and language therapists told us that this was a useful way to receive the therapy resources. This allows you to select the most appropriate parts for your clients and to work from the computer should you wish. Many of the sections are extensive and printing out everything would make them incredibly large. Of course, you may choose to print out and retain those sections which you use continually.

Am I allowed to photocopy them?

Yes, and not only that, we allow you to individualise them for a client should you wish. The therapy tasks themselves are designed to be able to be used without further need for producing materials – we recognize how busy we all are! However we give permission to edit the materials to suit a particular client. You may also choose to use the therapy approach but to tailor specific lexical items for the individual. Wherever possible, everyday generally useful lexical items have been used to make them as applicable to individuals as possible (e.g. see verb section for details on choice of verbs and nouns). The picture resources in and of themselves are a major resource. The verb and sentence package has a wide range of clearly drawn verbs with high naming agreement. The auditory processing package has a number of clearly drawn objects with phonological relationships.

How are they organised?

Each area is theoretically motivated and this theoretical basis is described in an introductory section. A brief review of therapy literature in that area is then given, followed by description of the actual therapy materials themselves. Therapy materials are then provided with an extensive set of materials available to allow for extended practice.

So, what areas are covered?

Therapy materials have been produced in the following areas. Follow the links to find out more about each package. Examples of the therapy materials are included so you can see what you are purchasing.

  1. Written word comprehension
  2. Verb & sentence processing
    1. Verb comprehension and retrieval
    2. Verb and noun comprehension and retrieval
    3. Sentence production
  3. Auditory processing

What about other aspects of aphasia therapy?

Watch this space! There are of course many other aspects of aphasia therapy not covered here. We would like to add to these resources in the future. 

Who helped produce these materials?

This project has been generously funded by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia. We acknowledge their support and foresight in allowing us to develop these resources.

In developing these materials, we want to acknowledge the many speech and language therapists from the North East area who have contributed to the ideas behind these materials and to the materials themselves. Many speech and language therapists have worked within the Aphasia Centre and their contribution has been vital. The same is true of the undergraduate and masters level students on our programme.

However, probably our biggest debt of gratitude is to the people with aphasia that we have worked with and from whom we have learnt more than any text book could tell us.

I am someone with aphasia. Will these help me?

If you are someone with aphasia and are visiting this site, the therapy materials we are talking about are intended for speech and language therapists to use. The best way to use these materials is for a therapist to purchase and advise whether they are appropriate.

If you are looking for work you can do yourself, you could try to contact:

How do I purchase them?

You are able to purchase them using on-line payment via the Newcastle University HASS faculty shop.

These materials are produced at reasonable cost. Any proceeds will be shared between the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia and North East Aphasia Centre.