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The De La Warr Pavilion, University College London (UCL)  and the charity Say Aphasia are collaborating with artist Nikki Hafter on a creative wellbeing research project –  The Art of Conversation With Aphasia.

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Multiple studies have shown the arts can help people stay well, recover faster and manage long-term conditions. The ambition of “The Art of Conversation With Aphasia” is to improve the lives of people with aphasia by piloting co-production, and developing and sharing knowledge across the arts  and health sectors.

“The Art of Conversation With Aphasia” will move UCL’s existing Better Conversations with Aphasia training program beyond the constraint of the traditional sickness/cure model of stroke healthcare. The project aims to embed culture and creativity into people’s everyday lives, enhance wellbeing, reduce loneliness, increase confidence and support and champion enjoyable conversations.

Six online sessions with a small group of people with aphasia and their conversation partners will continue until late January 2021

Supported with Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) funds, from UCL’s Knowledge Exchange and Innovation Fund.

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About Aphasia
Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects a person’s ability to understand speech, speak, read, write and use numbers. It can happen after a stroke or following a brain injury and approximately 900 people a year newly acquire aphasia in the Rother District. People with aphasia continue to live with profound communication difficulties for years; some may improve but there is no cure.