Better Conversations with Communication Difficulties: A practical guide for clinicians


Suzanne Beeke and Steven Bloch (EDS)

This is the first practical resource for clinicians who wish to implement the Better Conversations approach to CPT.


Communication difficulties and needs in children and adults arise from a wide range of causes but one unifying factor is their effect on people’s everyday lives – lived through conversations. Communication difficulties effect life opportunities, societal participation and mental health. They impact on everyday interactions and conversations with others at home, in communities, in education and in healthcare.

There is a growing movement amongst speech and language therapists to offer communication partner training (CPT) to tackle the impact of communication difficulties and needs. Better Conversations is both an approach to the study of conversation in communication difficulty and a growing suite of CPT intervention programs underpinned by Conversation Analytic principles and methods.

Better Conversations with Communication Difficulties is a practical resource for clinicians who wish to implement the Better Conversations approach to CPT. This book:

  • provides a clear guide to using Better Conversations in a range of clinical settings
  • contains case studies, key learning points, practical advice and tips
  • provides contributions from academic and clinical academic speech and language therapists
  • draws on views and experiences of people who have both delivered and received Better Conversations therapy

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Publication June 2023

ISBN 978-1-907826-48-1
Price: £24.99, [+postage and packing]

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