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The Life Interests and Values Cards

“Supporting Self-Determination in People with Aphasia”

Authors: Katarina L. Haley, PhD, CCC-SLP, Jennifer L. Womack, MA, MS, OTR/L; Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, ScD, CCC-SLP; Denise Caignon MS, CCC-SLP; and Karen McCulloch PhD, PT
Illustrator: Stuart Helm

The LIV Cards:

  • Allow direct communication with your client, family member, or friend with aphasia (or other language difficulties) about valued life activities
  • Facilitate goal-setting in therapeutic sessions, assessments, and everyday conversations
  • Contain engaging black-and-white drawings depicting life activities in four categories: Home & Community, Creative & Relaxing, Physical, and Social
  • Include materials to communicate about mood states and activity adaptation

The LIV Cards consist of a boxed set complete with:

  • Instruction manual
  • Reproducible scoring sheets
  • (95) ninety-five durable activity cards
  • (2) two symbol cards to support sorting the activity cards
  • (11) eleven emotion cards to identify mood states
  • (7) seven adaptation cards showing alternative ways of engaging in activities
  • (6) six composite cards showing conversation category
We are thrilled to announce a collaboration with Aphasia Access, one of the preeminent international organizations for professionals supporting people with aphasia, their families, and their communities. Aphasia Access will now be the home for ordering the LIV card set as part of this collaboration. We are excited to be working with them to expand the reach of this resource we were so proud to create.
The team at UNC will still be involved in future updates and enhancements to the LIV card offerings. So stay tuned for exciting announcements on this front in the future.
For now, you can visit to order your LIV Card Set.


Haley, KL, Womack, JL, Helm-Estabrooks, N, Caignon, D, McCulloch, KL, (2010). The Life Interest and Values Cards. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Department of Allied Health Sciences.