SOFIA is a three year research project (November 2016 to December 2019) exploring Solution Focused Brief Therapy for people with post-stroke aphasia, funded by the Stroke Association. Solution Focused Brief Therapy is an approach to building positive change in a person’s life. It builds up a picture of a client’s preferred future; encourages a person to notice positive signs of change; explores personal resources, strengths and skills; and acknowledges the impact of the stroke on a person’s life and identity.
Everyone who is a participant in SOFIA will receive up to 6 therapy sessions over a 3 month period. The therapy is being delivered by Speech and Language Therapists with specialist support and training. We are using a wait-list design: this means that everyone will receive the therapy, but some will receive it after a delay of 6 months. All participants will also take part in interviews about their experiences of the project, and answer questionnaires about their emotional well-being and the impact of the aphasia on their social participation and health.