Predicting potential for aphasia rehabilitation: The role of judgments of motivation
Speech Pathology Australia
School of Medical and Health Sciences
This paper reviews the role of judgments of motivation by practitioners in predicting recovery post stroke and explores how speech-language pathologists (SLPs) judge motivation in their patients with aphasia. Qualitative data from two separate studies are used to show that judgments of motivation, within a complex mix of factors, are an important aspect of SLPs’ decision-making and may impact on how therapy is offered. We suggest that people with aphasia may be particularly disadvantaged by such judgments and that more discussion and reflection on the issue would be beneficial.