OBJECTIVES : Client-centred rehabilitation implies that persons with aphasia and their significant others are actively involved in all decisions regarding rehabilitation, including the setting of rehabilitation priorities and goals. This study aimed to describe and compare the perspectives of adults with aphasia, their significant others and their speech-language pathologists (SLPs) regarding the importance of nine life areas for the rehabilitation of adults with aphasia.
METHOD : A total of 15 adults with expressive aphasia rated the importance of nine life areas using the Talking Mats™ framework. A questionnaire was used to obtain the ratings of 15 of their significant others and the 15 SLPs treating them.
RESULTS : Most life areas were rated as important to work on in rehabilitation by most participants. The adults with aphasia rated the areas as important more frequently than their significant others and SLPs. All participants rated Communication as important. Statistically significant differences were noted for three of the nine life areas.DISCUSSION : The life areas which the participants were questioned about seem to provide a good starting point for rehabilitation teams to find common ground for collaborative goal setting. The Talking Mats™ approach allowed adults with aphasia to participate in the process. It can be a useful tool to promote client-centred rehabilitation for adults with expressive communication difficulties.