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TeleCPT: Delivery of a Better Conversations Approach to Communication Partner Training During a Global Pandemic and Beyond

Beeke, S; Volkmer, A; Farrington-Douglas, C; (2021) TeleCPT: Delivery of a Better Conversations Approach to Communication Partner Training During a Global Pandemic and Beyond. Perspectives of the ASHA Special Interest Groups , 6 (6) pp. 1776-1785. 10.1044/2021_persp-21-00160. Green open access

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Abstract

Purpose: This case report provides an overview of telehealth delivery of our Better Conversations approach to communication partner training (CPT) for people with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and their communication partner (CP). The purpose is to advance the knowledge of speech and language therapists/pathologists (SLTs) on this type of CPT and empower them to deliver teleCPT as part of their clinical practice. // Method: We provide a case report describing therapy delivery, outcomes, and self-reflections from our clinical practice, which represents a collaboration between a UK National Health Service CPT clinic and the Better Conversations Research Lab at University College London, UK. A man with PPA and his CP (a dyad) video-recorded everyday conversations at home using a video conferencing platform. These formed the basis of an evaluation of conversation barriers and facilitators, which led to four weekly 1-hr therapy sessions covering the mechanics of conversation, identification of barriers and facilitators, goal setting, and practice of positive conversation strategies. // Results: Dyad self-rating of goal attainment revealed that three of four conversation strategies were achieved much more than expected, a positive outcome given the progressive nature of F.F.'s condition. SLT access to the dyad at home via teleCPT facilitated the carryover of strategies from the session to everyday conversations in the home environment. TeleCPT was acceptable to this couple during a global pandemic, with benefits including no travel, ease of therapy scheduling around the CP's work and family commitments, and access to a specialist CPT clinic outside their geographical area. // Conclusions: TeleCPT is feasible and acceptable to clients, improving access to therapy in a way that should not just be the preserve of service delivery during a global pandemic. SLTs can enable clients and their families to have better conversations despite communication difficulties by offering teleCPT. We have shared practical suggestions for delivering teleCPT.

Type: Article
Title: TeleCPT: Delivery of a Better Conversations Approach to Communication Partner Training During a Global Pandemic and Beyond
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1044/2021_persp-21-00160
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1044/2021_PERSP-21-00160
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Language and Cognition
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10140644
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