Interaction-focused intervention

A conversation analytic approach to aphasia therapy


  • Ray Wilkinson



aphasia, conversation analysis, intervention, interaction


In recent years within the field of communication disorders there has been an increased focus on conversation as a site for assessment and intervention. In particular, much of this work has drawn on the socio-linguistic approach of Conversation Analysis (CA). In this paper the contribution of CA to aphasia, and in particular intervention for aphasia, is discussed. It is suggested that CA constitutes a distinctive, interaction-focused approach to intervention which differs from, but complements, impairment-focused, communication-focused and participation-focused approaches. Distinctive features of this approach in relation to planning, implementing and evaluating intervention are discussed, and some future directions are discussed.


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How to Cite

Wilkinson, R. (2010). Interaction-focused intervention: A conversation analytic approach to aphasia therapy. Journal of Interactional Research in Communication Disorders, 1(1), 45–68.