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Post-laryngectomy therapy: A communication approach

Erna Alant
South African Journal of Communication Disorders | Vol 27, No 1 | a366 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajcd.v27i1.366 | © 1980 Erna Alant | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 14 November 1980 | Published: 14 November 1980

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Erna Alant, Department Speech Pathology and Audiology, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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Abstract

This article deals with the interpretation of post-laryngectomy therapy within the framework of communication. The communication approach towards rehabilitation emphasizes the necessity of incorporating verbal communication and non-verbal communication into the diagnostic and therapy procedures because of the close link between the two modes of communication. Diagnosis and therapy are discussed in terms of  communication skills, social and personal sensitivity and tension. Throughout the article, the stress is on the therapist's creative role in the laryngectomy patient's construction of reality.

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