About this Issue: Listening to the Narratives of Adults with Communication Disorders
For this issue of Topics in Language Disorders (TLD) on “Listening to the Narratives of Adults with Communication Disorders,” guest editors Jacqueline Hinckley and Michelle Bourgeois asked authors to write about qualitative research on narratives. They conceptualized their issue on papers presented at a meeting of the International Narrative Medicine Network in June 2013 in London, England. The articles convey the essence of what it is like to be an adult living with a communication disorder or supporting someone who has one. Authors describe uses of narratives in therapeutic interactions with people with aphasia (Hersh, 2015; Hinckley, 2015), traumatic brain injury (Fraas, 2015), dementia (Guendouzi, Davis, & Maclagan, 2015), stuttering (Ryan, O’Dwyer, Leahy, 2015), and caregivers of people affected by stroke (Isaki, Brown, Alemán, & Hackstaff, 2015). A common theme across articles is the importance of personal narratives in maintaining one’s sense of identity. Each article also is a testimony to the importance of reflecting on or reexamining one’s life and using narrative to make sense of its broader meanings.
I also draw readers’ attention to the new red seal on the cover and on our web pages. It celebrates the rise in the journal’s impact factor to 1.625. We are so pleased to see this concrete evidence of the journal’s impact on thinking about topics in language disorders that cross discipline specific and global boundaries. Thank you for being one of our readers.