Original ArticlesOptimizing the Experience of Flow for Adults With Aphasia A Focus on Environmental FactorsSather, Thomas W.; Howe, Tami; Nelson, Nickola Wolf; Lagerwey, MaryAuthor Information Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire (Dr Sather); School of Audiology and Speech Sciences, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (Dr Howe); Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (Dr Nelson); and Bronson School of Nursing, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo (Dr Lagerwey). Corresponding Author: Thomas W. Sather, PhD, Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, WI 54701 ([email protected]). The work in this article represents a portion of the dissertation work completed by the first author as part of the Interdisciplinary Health Sciences PhD Program at Western Michigan University. Nickola Wolf Nelson served as chair of the dissertation committee, and Tami Howe and Mary Lagerwey were dissertation committee members.The FlowAphasia app, discussed in this article and designed by the first author, is not currently commercially available. However, it is intended that this app will be commercially available in the future.Other than this potential conflict for the first author, the authors have indicated that they have no financial and no nonfinancial relationships to disclose. Topics in Language Disorders: January/March 2017 - Volume 37 - Issue 1 - p 25-37 doi: 10.1097/TLD.0000000000000111 Buy Metrics Abstract Flow has been described as positive experiences of intense concentration, distorted time passage, and a loss of self-consciousness that result from matching task difficulty to a person's skill level. It has been studied in many different populations and has been associated with a number of positive outcomes, including improved life satisfaction and well-being, enhancement of identity, and the development of skills. Although flow has been identified as being important for adults with aphasia, it had not been studied in this population until recently. In this article, the authors describe the concept of flow and explain why it is important for clinicians to consider when working with adults with aphasia. Next, the authors review the literature related to barriers and facilitators that influence the experience of flow for adults with aphasia and conclude by identifying clinical implications for optimizing the experience of flow in this population. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.