Ma¯ori experiences of aphasia therapy: "But I'm from Hauiti and we've got shags"

McLellan, Karen M., McCann, Clare M., Worrall, Linda E. and Harwood, Matire L. N. (2014) Ma¯ori experiences of aphasia therapy: "But I'm from Hauiti and we've got shags". International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 16 5: 529-540. doi:10.3109/17549507.2013.864334

Author McLellan, Karen M.
McCann, Clare M.
Worrall, Linda E.
Harwood, Matire L. N.
Title Ma¯ori experiences of aphasia therapy: "But I'm from Hauiti and we've got shags"
Journal name International Journal of Speech-Language Pathology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1754-9507
Publication date 2014-10-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/17549507.2013.864334
Volume 16
Issue 5
Start page 529
End page 540
Total pages 12
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This study explored Māori experiences of aphasia therapy, with a view to ascertaining what makes a service culturally safe as well as “accessible to and culturally appropriate for” Māori with aphasia and their whānau (extended family). Māori are the indigenous peoples of New Zealand. This study incorporated interpretive description (a qualitative methodology) within kaupapa Māori research (a Māori approach to research). In-depth semi-structured interviews were undertaken with 11 Māori with aphasia and 23 of their nominated whānau members. They reported a wide variety of experiences of aphasia therapy, in six themes: We're happy to do the work, but we can't do it alone; Relationship; Our worldview; The speech-language therapy setting; Aphasia resources; and Is this as good as it gets? While some Māori with aphasia reportedly received an accessible and culturally appropriate service, others did not. It is concluded that, for Māori with aphasia, a strong therapeutic relationship is central. The success of this relationship is shaped by the SLP's appreciation of the worldview of the person with aphasia and whānau, the setting of the therapy, and the resources used. Successful therapy will involve collaboration between clinician and whānau, and therapy resources that affirm the identity of the person with aphasia

Keyword Aphasia
Speech language pathology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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