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One hundred Names for Love: A stroke, a marriage, and the Language of Healing
Diane Ackerman (2011)
Diane Ackerman has written many books on science and nature and already had a thorough understanding of the human brain. Her author husband Paul West then had a massive stroke that left him with global aphasia. Her memoir describes their journey.

  Living With Aphasia: A Guide for Carers
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Speech Pathology Department, WA (2010)
This introductory booklet decribes aphasia, stroke, language, communication strategies and discusses how caring for someone with aphasia will affect your life.
They are available for purchase from the Talkback Association office for less than $5.00 each. Bulk orders can be purchsed directly from Western Australia (Contact Talkback for more information).

  The Australian Aphasia Guide
Angela Berens, G Laney, T Rose, T Howe:  Australian Aphasia Association Inc (2006)
A CD/audio version is also available
This detailed resource is presented in an aphasia friendly format. It combines the experience of Angela Berens, who has aphasia, with the knowledge of Australian experts.

  Talking About Friends - A resource to help friends and family of people who have difficulty with words and language (Aphasia).
University of SA (2006).
This booklet was developed by 4th year Occupational Therapy students in collaboration with members, friends, and carers of the Talkback Association for Aphasia Inc.  

  The Aphasia Handbook
S Parr, C Pound, S Byng, B Long: Connect Press (1999)
This useful resource was written for people with aphasia. Friends and family might find it useful too. This book is well presented and easy to read. It provides clear explanations and practical advice.

  Better Conversations  - Tips, ideas and inspiration to help relatives and friends have better conversations
Connect Press (2005)
This Guide gives relatives and friends ideas and inspiration to have better conversations with people with aphasia. There are hints and tips to make conversation easier for relatives and for people with aphasia themselves.

  Caring & Coping - Advice, tips and guidance for relatives and friends caring for a person with aphasia
Connect Press (2007)
This guide explains the issues faced by families and friends caring for someone with aphasia. The information comes from personal experiences of relatives and the expertise they have gained from years of living with aphasia. This easy to read guide covers topics such as living and dealing with change, managing emotions, getting back to work, sharing responsibilities, enjoying each other, and looking to the future.

  Having a stroke being a parent - A guide for parents who are living with stroke and aphasia (Book and DVD)
Connect Press (2007)
Being a parent is difficult enough, but after a stroke all those difficulties become even more of a challenge. This publication and DVD contains advice, support and guidance for parents with stroke and aphasia, from the early days in hospital to coming home and beyond.

  How to volunteer - A guide for people with aphasia - Advice, tips and guidance for people with aphasia who would like to volunteer
Connect Press (2007)
This easy to read guide explains issues you might think about if you have aphasia and would like to be a volunteer. All the information comes from the personal experiences of people with aphasia and the expertise they have gained from volunteering.

  Volunteering and Aphasia - A guide for organisations recruiting people with aphasia as volunteers  
Connect Press (2007)
This easy to read guide explores the issues faced by organisations who wish to recruit people with aphasia as volunteers. Volunteers with aphasia are a fantastic resource - many people with aphasia have so much to offer - talent, skills, experience, motivation, and time. Volunteering is a way for people with aphasia to gain confidence, give something back and begin to re-engage with life again.

'Making Conversation' book   Making Conversation: A handbook for Running Talkback Groups for Chronic Aphasia
Deborah Hersh (1998)
This is a manual for Speech Pathologists who wish to run Talkback Groups for people with aphasia. The Talkback Group format is used throughout South Australia as a way to support people with ongoing communication difficulties due to their aphasia.

'Talking About Aphasia' book   Talking About Aphasia
S Parr, S Byng, S Gilpin: Open University Press (1997)
This book uses in-depth interviews with people with aphasia to explore the experience of aphasia from the onset of stroke and loss of language to the gradual revelation of its long-term consequences. The interviewees describe the impact of aphasia on their employment, education, leisure activities, finances, personal relationships and identity. Two of the writers have aphasia.

  When Granny Couldn’t Speak
By Rebecca Lisle with Illustrations by Amanda Wood. Speakability.
A children’s story for children aged 5-9 years. This story is written from the perspective of Ellie (aged 9) and what happens when her grandmother has a stroke resulting in aphasia.

  My Mum had a Stroke
By Jenny Tunstall; Illustrated by Andrea Quinn. Griffith University (2001).
This children’s story is written from the perspective of a child whose mother has a stroke resulting in aphasia.

  Life’s a Mugatroyd! –  Co-surviving in the Country of Aphasia.
Lloyd and Bonnie Knight (2008).
This small easy to read book contains stories of people and their experience of aphasia.

  Less Words, More Respect: my experience with aphasia.
Monica Clarke: Speakability (1997).
This small book tells the personal story of Monica and her experience and emotions after her husband suffered a severe stroke which resulted in aphasia.

  Lost for Words 
Speakability (2001)
An introductory booklet that explains what aphasia is, what causes it, what you can do to help, and the role of the Speech Pathologist.

We also have a range of other Speakability books availble for loan:

  • Problems Communicating after stroke or head injury: Books 1-4
  • Rebuilding Communication
  • Picturing Aphasia


Plus much more! Visit the Talkback Association at 302 South Rd
to see our extensive range of resources.

Please ring 8443 5555 first to arrange a time to visit.


Disability Information and Resource Centre (DIRC) library of aphasia books
You can visit the library at DIRC and borrow books from Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm.
DIRC is located at 195 Gilles St, Adelaide, Phone 8236 0555.
You can see what books are available by clicking on this link to the online search catalogue

Once here you need to:

  • click on the DIRC library catalogue link
  • in the any word search, type in “aphasia”
  • click submit query.
Some of the books here are quite technical. Some are written by people with aphasia from their own experience of aphasia.
  Telephoning: 08 8443 5555 The Talkback Association for Aphasia Inc.
302 South Road, Hilton.
South Australia, 5033