Linguistics at Newcastle

Transforming Clinical Practice in Aphasia

Transforming Clinical Practice in Aphasia

The Comprehensive Aphasia Test (CAT) is a unique clinical assessment for people with aphasia, combining assessment of language, cognitive skills and consideration of the wider effects of aphasia on people's lives.

The Comprehensive Aphasia Test (CAT) is a unique clinical assessment for people with aphasia. It combines:

  • assessment of language
  • cognitive skills
  • consideration of the wider effects of aphasia on people's lives

The test has been translated into several languages. It is widely used by Speech and Language Therapists nationally and internationally. 

The test is also being used in clinical trials and projects investigating the relationship between language difficulties and lesion sites. These projects will extend the evidence base for aphasia treatment and influence clinical practice.

The North East Aphasia Centre

The North East Aphasia Centre is part of the Speech and Language Sciences programme at Newcastle University. The Aphasia Centre provides intensive speech and language therapy for people with aphasia.

Staff working in the Aphasia Centre are actively engaged in research into aphasia and aphasia therapy. We have a strong philosophy of collaboration with:

  • people with aphasia 
  • the NHS
  • the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia
  • the North East Trust for Aphasia (NETA)

The Centre also provides training opportunities for Speech and Language Therapy students at Newcastle University.