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In this  month's edition,  AphasiaToolbox recommends  these online aphasia resources: 

Best blogs;
Best aphasiatoolbox videos; 
Best Facebook groups  -   covering aphasia and aphasia recovery.  

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Best Blogs on Aphasia  
In this month's edition of  the Aphasiatoolbox Newsletter ,  we discuss  the best blogs covering aphasia.

1. What is Aphasia?     Source: Lingraphica
a*pha*sia | noun | [uh-fey-zhuh]:  is a communication disorder that affects a person's ability to process and use language.  It is a neurological condition caused by damage to the portions of the brain responsible for language, and it does not affect intelligence. Because language plays such a central role in our daily lives, aphasia can be very challenging. Individuals with aphasia may find it difficult to speak, understand speech, and read and write.

2. Four Myths about Aphasia: BUSTED!        Source: Lingraphica
The popular Discovery Channel television show, Mythbusters set out to prove and disprove common myths. During the show's 13-year run, the hosts have tested plenty of popular myths! Since the show has come to an end without debunking the myths around aphasia, we will gladly take on that task to dispel some of the most common myths about this common language disorder.

3. Ten Top Tips for Talking with People with Aphasia     Source: Stroke Recovery British Columbia
Aphasia is a communication disability which occurs when the communication centres of the brain are damaged. It is usually caused by stroke, but can also be caused by brain haemorrhage, head injury or tumours.

4. How To: Word-Finding Strategies for Aphasia     Source: Tactus Therapy
We all have little tricks we use to help us in our daily lives. Some of these strategies help us prevent problems before they happen, like setting a timer on the oven so we won't forget to take out the roast. Other strategies allow us to solve problems after they arise, like turning the TV down when we can't hear someone talking from the next room. The more strategies we know, the more likely we are to successfully solve problems.

5. Telepractice Brings Aphasia Therapy to Your Home      Source: Tactus Therapy
Guest blogger and speech-language pathologist Beth Dolar answers your questions about telepractice - an exciting new way for people with aphasia to use technology to improve communication after a stroke.

6. What aphasia can teach us about conversation - Connection is key. Source: Aphasia Center of West Texas
Are you a good conversation partner?    Conversation, as with developing any skill, takes practice. There are simple rules to conversing; taking turns, verifying understanding, and knowing how adding gestures, facial expression and other body language helps. We each have our own style.
The National Aphasia Association (NAA) is a nonprofit organization that promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia and their families.

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Best  Videos on Aphasia     
Here - in this section, we highlight  the   best of   Bill Connors'  videos on aphasia and aphasia recovery.   We have identified these  videos by the number of hits in social media and YouTube.
1. July 2013, Aphasiatoolbox debunks the aphasia plateau myth
In this video, Sharon Rennhack interviews Bill Connors of about the myth of the aphasia plateau.


2. February 2014, Bill Connors: "I hate aphasia".
Sharon Rennhack, aphasiatoolbox practice coach, interviews Bill Connors on his feelings about aphasia.

3. February 2015, "Overcoming Learned Helplessness".
Bill Connors discusses Learned Helplessness in aphasia treatment and recovery, with ideas to overcome it.

4. July 2015,  The 3 C's of Aphasia Recovery
In his July 2015 newsletter, Bill Connors discusses "The 3 C's of Aphasia Recovery". The 3 C's refer to CHOICE, CHANGE and CHANCE.

5. June 2016,  Empowering the PWA in the Recovery Process
In his video for the June 2016 ATB Newsletter, Bill Connors discusses some of the ways to empower people with aphasia.

In this video for the May 2017 aphasiatoolbox newsletter, Bill Connors discusses four things that are required for aphasia recovery.


Best  Facebook Groups     
Here,  we look at the leading aphasia  groups on Facebook.  Please note:  these groups are CLOSED  groups;  this means that:  1. you can request to join the group;  2.  anyone can see the group and its members in News Feed, search and other places on Facebook;   3. only members see posts.     

The largest group is the Aphasia Recovery Connection.   

Aphasia Recovery Connection

1.   Aphasia Recovery Connection

The Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC) has a mission to help end the isolation that aphasia brings. The site is designed for people with aphasia, their friends, and their families. Professionals are also welcome. 
ARC also have a website at .  Aphasiatoolbox has supported and recommended ARC since its inception.  

Facebook Members: 5,771

Status: Request to Join since this is a closed group.

Facebook link:

New Developments:

- From the ARC website, you can subscribe to their A R C Aphasia Friendly Newsletter.

- In 2018, ARC will offer online video conferencing for people with aphasia. ARC has partnered with The University of Nevada, Reno  to offer affordable real-time video conferencing.   

Costs? You must have access to high speech internet with video. There is a minimal fee per 3 week session to cover our costs at this time. The initial Meet and Greet Informational Sessions are free.

How? If you are interested in learning more about this affordable program as a way to practice communication in a safe and supportive environment with others with aphasia, please email ARC at:     
Put the word: CONNECT in the subject box

Facebook Members:  1,236
Status:  Closed Group

Facebook Members:  637
Status:  Closed Group

Facebook Members:  3,676
Status:  Closed Group

Facebook Members:  1,966
Status:  Closed Group

Facebook Members:  3,735
Status: Closed Group

 News: Stroke/Aphasia
John Daggan, now 62, was out running one day in 2009 near his home in Staten Island, New York, when he had a stroke. As he tells it now, somewhat haltingly due to his aphasia: "I was running, running here, and then falling down. And I said, 'Hmm. That's weird.' . . . And doctor said, 'It's going to be fine. It's okay. You'll be down . . . five or six days, tops.' And I said, 'Oh. Okay.' Drugs were really good. But then another one! And then it's . . . bad. And I have a-a-aphasia."

2. Memory: It's Complicated (2018)
As with so many things involving the human brain, memory is complicated. There's long-term memory and short-term; there's skill memory, language-based memory and visuospatial memory. But the overarching issues of memory are storage and retrieval, and each can be affected by stroke. 2018

Of the four lobes that make up the cerebral cortex, the frontal lobe is the largest. It plays a huge role in many of the functions that make us human - memory, language, movement, judgment, abstract thinking. 2018

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