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Aphasia and Learning in Adults: Key Concepts and Clinical Considerations

Hopper, Tammy PhD; Holland, Audrey L. PhD

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Principles of adult learning are important to rehabilitation professionals working with individuals who have aphasia because learning is central to the therapeutic enterprise. However, discussions of age and learning are largely absent in the literature on rehabilitation of individuals with aphasia. Understanding the context in which adult learning is facilitated, and integrating adult learning principles into treatment programs, may assist clients in achieving therapeutic goals. In this article, adult learning is defined, key principles of adult learning are described, and clinical implications for individuals with aphasia are discussed.

Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona (Dr Holland).

Corresponding author: Tammy Hopper, PhD, Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, 3-81 Corbett Hall, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 2G4 (e-mail: tammy.hopper@ualberta.ca).

© 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.