What does aphasia recovery require?  
Editor's Note - Sharon Rennhack:  
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What does aphasia recovery require?

I KNOW what aphasia recovery  requires.  From my personal experience with aphasia  (my strokes were in October 2010 and August 2014) and working as an aphasia coach, I know that aphasia  recovery  is not for sissies!   A special human quality is required for recovery ie,  grit. Grit is persistence or perseverance. Grit is like  a marathon, not a sprint, and requires a mindset of "staying the course" to complete recovery.

I also know that recovery takes money, time, expertise and usually travel.   I  was able  to work with Bill Connors from home using telepractice   because:

-  speech therapy using telepractice was much less expensive and affordable. 
- working at a distance saved time and travel.   I was not  fatigued at my sessions so my energy was focused on my recovery and I also saved money. 
- I was able to work with an aphasia expert with years of experience and modern tools.
- aphasiatoolbox experts thought me how to practice in effective ways that actually did exploit my brain's ability to reconnect and grow (neuroplasticity).

As I work  as a coach with people with aphasia,  I hear stories about how some PWA have given up because they had inferior therapy or bad experiences, OR even worse that  their therapists gave up on them.  Bill and I worked for a  full year and  half on my speech, semantics and my writing.  Bill and the staff at aphasiatoolbox never gave up on me and will never give up on you!
If you want to overcome the enemies of aphasia recovery, money, time, expertise and travel, contact an expert at aphasiatoolbox®.  You know you can talk better; we know how to make that happen.

In this edition:            
We discuss the factors  that come into play in aphasia recovery.  

- Bill Connors, in his  video for this month, discusses  what maximizing your aphasia recovery requires in terms of the treatment and practice context.  

- for Stroke and Aphasia Awareness Months,  please watch and share my video  on my recovery and read about the upcoming events.         
For information on how we can expedite your recovery using the most effective and affordable tools,  contact us at information@aphasiatoolbox.com ; OR click here to  schedule a free consultation  and select a 30 minute phone call with our an aphasia recovery expert. 
Aphasiatoolbox®:    We are  Aphasia Recovery.
 May is Stroke Awareness Month.
June is Aphasia Awareness Month.

The National Aphasia Assn has created its June 2017 Aphasia Awareness campaign using the theme - 2 Million;  that number refers to how many people in the United States have  aphasia.   The point of the campaign is to make sure the general public not only knows about aphasia, but gains an understanding in how to best communicate with someone who struggles with words.

The Minnesota Connect Aphasia Now  Voices Moving Forward Choir sang at the  Minnesota Speech Language Hearing Association (MSHA) 2017 Spring Convention in April.

9th Annual Walk 'n' Roll, Ontario and British Columbia, CAN ,  Dates:  June 1 - 9, 2017

The annual Walk 'n' Roll fundraiser held across Ontario and now in British Columbia by March of Dimes Canada, encourages people with physical disabilities or aphasia, to get active and out in their communities, supporting vital programs that help independence, improved communication,

Participants, volunteers, friends and family members of March of Dimes Canada's stroke,acquired brain injury, aphasia and communication disabilities, post-polio, and supportive living programs, will walk or roll through a designated course in their community and put up displays about support groups to raise awareness and money for vital community programs and services.   

SAVE THE DATE!   Ontario Aphasia Camp   
Dates:  Friday, October 13 to Sunday, October 15, 2017

The March of Dimes Canada is offering a two-day aphasia camp in October 2017.  Applications must be submitted by July 31, 2017 to Alexis Dickson.

For more information contact:
Alexis Dickson, Camp Coordinator
March of Dimes Canada
416-425-3463 ext.7756

What are you planning in  your local areas for the upcoming Stroke and Aphasia Awareness events?  Send us your photos including your name, email, date of event and location!
 Bill Connors discusses:
what is needed to maximize your aphasia recovery.

In this  video, Bill discusses  four things  that are required for recovery.

What does aphasia recovery require from a treatment perspective?
What does aphasia recovery require from a treatment perspective?

Time: 03:34
 My aphasia recovery 

Note:  Sharon Rennhack  discusses  her recovery from stroke  and aphasia in her video called "What does aphasia recovery require?"

What does aphasia recovery require - My Story
What does aphasia recovery require?  My Story

Time:      12:42

If you are interested in receiving a copy of  Sharon's presentation,  please email her at sharon@aphasiatoolbox.com .


A new app dubbed the 'sign language interpreter' is due to be made available for users later this month, the China Youth Daily reports. Designed by a pair of young women from Tsinghua University and Beihang University, the new app is meant to help people with Aphasia communicate.

Study Background and Purpose:  Sugar- and artificially-sweetened beverage intake have been linked to cardiometabolic risk factors, which increase the risk of cerebrovascular disease and dementia. We examined whether sugar- or artificially sweetened beverage consumption was associated with the prospective risks of incident stroke or dementia in the community-based Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort.

3.  The FAST-ED App: A Smartphone Platform for the Field Triage of Patients With Stroke
Study Background and Purpose: The Emergency Medical Services field triage to stroke centers has gained considerable complexity with the recent demonstration of clinical benefit of endovascular treatment for acute ischemic stroke. We sought to describe a new smartphone freeware application designed to assist
Emergency Medical Services professionals with the field assessment and destination triage of patients with acute ischemic stroke.

Stem cell-based approaches hold much promise as potential novel treatments to restore brain function after ischaemic stroke (George and Steinberg, 2015). Transplantation of stem cells or their progeny can improve behavioural impairments in animal models of stroke (Lindvall and Kokaia, 2011). Several possible mechanisms underlying these improvements have been proposed including neuronal replacement, modulation of inflammation, trophic action, and stimulation of plasticity (Kokaia et al., 2012). Although incorporation of stem cell-derived neurons into host neural circuitry will most likely lead to optimum functional recovery after stroke, evidence that neuronal replacement occurs is virtually lacking. It requires the formation not only of efferent projections to the appropriate targets but also establishment of functional synaptic inputs on the stem cell-derived neurons in order to allow for host brain control of neuronal activity in the graft.

A Baycrest Health Sciences researcher and clinician has developed the first group language intervention that helps individuals losing the ability to speak due to a rare form of dementia, and could help patients maintain their communication abilities for longer. Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) is a unique language disorder that involves struggles with incorrect word substitutions,mispronounced words and/or difficulty understanding simple words and forgetting names of familiar objects and people. With PPA,language function declines before the memory systems, which is the opposite of Alzheimer's disease.

6.  A Lifeline for People with Aphasia
A stroke or brain injury often robs patients of their ability to communicate thoughts and emotions. University of Toronto alumna Aura Kagan found a way to help them converse again.

There are few things as frustrating in life as not being able to make yourself understand. That's unfortunately the situation with aphasia, a disorder in speech and language.

8.  More help urged for post-stroke depression
DEPRESSION is striking one in three stroke survivors, rendering life for some near impossible.
That's according to the Stroke Foundation, which is calling for more mental health support for stroke survivors.

9.  Thinking And Driving? The Brain Is Built For That
 As Boston University Professor Howard Eichenbaum climbed into the passenger seat, he explained exactly what it is he spends his time thinking about, researching and teaching.  "Essentially, I study the brain and how it accomplishes the phenomenology of memory," he said.  

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