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Life Participation Approach to Aphasia

The Life Participation Approach to Aphasia Project Group was comprised of a group of clinicians and researchers who had similar views regarding the importance of re-engagement in life. The statement of values were not meant to be prescriptive, but rather to provide ideas for discussion. This is a link to the original article published in the ASHA Leader in 2000. The statement of values was reprinted in Language Intervention Strategies in Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders (Chapey, R. (Ed.). (2008) Baltimore, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.).

Reprinted with permission from Life participation approach to aphasia: A statement of values for the future by the LPAA Project Group: R. Chapey, J. F. Duchan, R. J. Elman, L. J. Garcia, A. Kagan, J. Lyon, and N. Simmons Mackie (in alphabetical order). The ASHA Leader, 5(3), 4-6. Copyright 2000 by American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Current Research Activity

Research initiatives at the Aphasia Institute focus on observing what happens within on-site programs, exploring critical questions about the aphasia experience, and testing ideas on how to better deliver care and support.


New Beginnings Program Research”

The Aphasia Institute has initiated a research planning process to evaluate this 12-week introductory program that we offer, focusing on the impact of the program on people with aphasia and their communication partners/caregivers, in relation to the quality of life with aphasia and ability to participate in and support conversation.

This project has been approved by our Quality, Research, and Ethics (QRE) Committee.

The project is temporarily suspended due to COVID-19 closures.

Questions about the project?

Contact:  or  416-226-3636 ext. 133


Moving forward on best practices for stroke and aphasia: A Canadian KTE initiative (2013)

Stroke & Aphasia Best Practice: A Canadian KTE Collaboration (2014)

Conducting Communicatively Accessible Hearing Screenings for People with Aphasia: A Pilot Project (2015)

Implications of Exposure to Aphasia with No Training (2016)

Serving the Underserved: Primary Progressive Aphasia Services in the Life Participation Model (2017)

Conducting Research at AI

Download our research package to find out the requirements for submission of a research proposal to the Aphasia Institute Quality, Research and Ethics Committee.

Research Package


QUESTIONS? Contact or 416-226-3636 ext. 133.