Academic Modules

In the past 15 years, a growing evidence base and literature supports the shift toward a more person-centered model of care. However typical in 'knowledge translation to practice' there has been a lag in the integration of the LPAA into academic curricula for students who are training to work with people with aphasia. Faculty members are unsure how to integrate LPAA into their courses, or worse, are unaware of this essential movement in patient care.

To tackle this challenge, Aphasia Access has launched a four-part downloadable academic curriculum to help communication disorders or related faculty introduce aspects of the LPAA into student training.

Aphasia Access and its members also support the growth of the next generation of clinicians by making a number of complimentary Aphasia Access memberships available throughout the year. To learn how you can take advantage of this, either for yourself (if you are a student) or for your classroom, please email [email protected].

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Aphasia Access' Academic Modules were designed by a working group of leading academicians with decades of experience in the classroom AND working with people
with aphasia.


The materials provided are meant to be a resource to you in your teaching activities. Please tailor these resources to suit the needs of your class and the course you are teaching.


Aphasia Access would like to know how you are using these materials in your classroom and how to improve each module to make them even more impactful. Questions and feedback can be sent to [email protected]


Aphasia Access does request that you acknowledge Aphasia Access as the source of the materials.


The Evidence for LPAA (released October 2017)

This module provides a foundation in the formation of the Life Participation Approach for Aphasia, with an emphasis on research supporting the need for the LPAA, treatment studies targeting multiple ICF domains, treatment studies targeting a single domain and intervention targeting psychosocial adjustment. Includes an instruction guide and summary of research references that are separated into categories.


LPAA: Key Elements for Implementation (released October 2017) 

The second module in the series is designed to provide an overview of key elements for effectively implementing the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia. It is created with the following learning objectives in mind.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

  • Distinguish key elements in the implementation of LPAA model
  • Identify how LPAA augments/extends impairment based treatment
  • Construct a therapeutic environment that encompasses the LPAA model for PWA 


Assessment in Life Participation Approach to Aphasia 
(released August 2018) 

This presentation has been developed for speech-language pathology (SLP) students and current practitioners and is one portion of a series of LPAA academic modules for adoption in pre-professional and continuing education.

The Working Group on Academic Curriculum of the Education and Research Committee of AphasiaAccess has developed this module to

  • Describe principles and processes for assessment when adopting the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia

Upon successful completion of this learning module, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between using the LPAA model from impairment-based models of assessment
  • Apply the LPAA model to assessment processes and procedures for people with aphasia


Intervention in LPAA (released October 2018) 

The Working Group on Academic Curriculum of the Education and Research Committee of Aphasia Access has developed this fourth module in the series to describe principles of intervention when adopting the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.

Upon successful completion of this learning module participants will be able to: 

  • Identify aspects of intervention as they fit within the A-FROM model
  • Identify areas in which LPAA principles can be applied to aphasia intervention
  • Access resources to incorporate LPAA into their clinical practice
  • Develop client-centered intervention plans grounded in LPAA




Project Made Possible with Thanks to:



Montclair State University

Ohio State University