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Course Description

This course is designed to serve as an introduction to different types of discourse analyses that can be performed when working with people with aphasia. Emphasis will also be placed on discourse-level treatment approaches, and how a focus on discourse analysis and treatment can be applied using a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.
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Meet Your Presenter

Brett McCardel, MS, CCC-SLP, is the owner and founder of Archways - Aphasia Rehabilitation Services, a private practice based in Seattle, WA that specializes in providing speech and language services to people with aphasia. He has worked with people with aphasia across the continuum of care and across a variety of service-delivery models (including telehealth and intensive aphasia programs). He is passionate about aphasia advocacy and promoting a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.


  • This program is offered for .1 ASHA CEUs, (Introductory Level; Professional Area).

Course Details

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Participants will be able to describe the differences between several types of discourse (e.g., narrative discourse, procedural discourse, expository discourse).
  2. Participants will be able to describe the differences between microlinguistic and macrolinguistic measures.
  3. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 discourse analysis tasks that can be performed in a clinical setting.
  4. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 discourse-level treatment approaches.
  5. Participants will be able to describe how a focus on discourse analysis and treatment can be applied using a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.

Time-ordered Agenda

  • 0:00 - Overview of types of discourse and the importance of discourse analysis
  • 0:10 - Discourse analysis tasks and how to perform them
  • 0:30 - Discourse-level treatment approaches
  • 0:45 - Incorporating a life participation approach to discourse analysis and treatment
  • 0:50 - Q/A
  • 1:00 - End course + quiz

Instructional Level

Information is geared to practitioners with little or no knowledge of the subject matter. Focus is on providing general introductory information.

Target Audience

Speech-language pathologists who are providing therapy for people who have aphasia.

Live Course Information

This course will be presented on the Zoom platform. High-speed internet connection is required.

Recorded Course Information

The course will be available for CEUs until October 22, 2025.

Instructor Financial Disclosures

  • Presenter is being paid by Therapy Insights to prepare and present this course.
  • Presenter is the owner of Archways: Aphasia Rehabilitation Services PLLC.

Instructor Non-financial Disclosures

  • None.

Certificates of Completion

Once the exam is completed and you have provided feedback about the course, you will receive an emailed certificate of completion with course title, course instructor name/title, learning objectives, your name, your license number (if desired), and a confirmation from the CE Task Force director confirming completion of course. If your state licensing board requires specific records of course participation (all licensing boards are different), please email us and we will provide the documentation.

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