Elman Corpus

Roberta Elman

Aphasia Center of California

Participants: 15 participants with aphasia
Type of Study: protocol
Location: Oakland, CA
Media type: video
DOI: doi:10.21415/YSBE-2R24

Browsable transcripts

Downloadable transcripts

Media folder

Citation information

Elman, R. J. (2016). Aphasia groups and the Life Participation Approach to aphasia: A Paradigm Shift. Topics in Language Disorders, 36(2), 154-167.

Elman, R.J. (2011). Starting an Aphasia Center? Seminars in Speech & Language, 32(3), 268-272.

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The Aphasia Center of California opened its doors in 1996, and was the first independent nonprofit organization in the nation dedicated to providing direct services to persons with aphasia. Its treatment programs offer a “lifeline” for participating individuals, their families, and caregivers—creating a community of people that support and understand one another.

In 1994, Dr. Elman received national funding to conduct a randomized controlled trial to investigate the efficacy and effectiveness of group communication treatment. This research showed that there was significant value in receiving regular group “communication workouts,” as meaningful improvement could continue for years. Many individuals who participated in the program began to venture outside of their homes and return to community life for the first time.