The Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) was created because loneliness, social isolation, depression and lack of participation in interactions and activities of choice continue to be significant problems for people living with aphasia.
What LPAA Offers
Throughout the healthcare continuum and beyond, real life communication is the goal. From the 911 call forward, the LPAA is an essential service approach positively impacting how a person with aphasia navigates their environment, life situation, personal identity, attitude and feelings, and language impairment.
The LPAA is the gateway to helping other vulnerable populations who know more than they can say. Healthcare professionals, businesses, and communities serving non-native speakers, hard of hearing, and others with language barriers can benefit from the LPAA strategies. Doing so will improve two key challenges: creating a communicatively accessible environment and interacting with communication-impaired people.
The LPAA fulfills medicine’s movement towards a biopsychosocial, patient-centered care approach.
LPAA's Roadmap For Hospitals
The LPAA helps hospital staff embed effective communication practices as mandated by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations in their Roadmap for Hospitals
Living With Aphasia
The LPAA draws from the World Health Organization (WHO) International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (WHO ICF, 2001).
The LPAA concurs that participation in life, social relationships and life quality are the ultimate targets of health and rehabilitation.
Did you know?
New data now includes aphasia prevalence estimates across stroke, traumatic brain injury, and brain tumor. The estimated U.S. prevalence of aphasia for these etiologies ranges from about 2.5 million to 4 million people.