What do you know about aphasiatoolbox? 
Part 2 
                     
Editor's Note - Sharon Rennhack:  
In last month's edition,  we  introduced and discussed the topic of what you know (and don't know) about aphasiatoolbox.
 
Did you know that o ur clients have been making impressive progress?    We have clients who are back to work selling cars; shipping fuel; counseling; managing an office; and advising foundations.   Other aphasiatoolbox® clients are  back to college; back to taking care of grandchildren; volunteering at churches and hospitals; and, most importantly, back to having effective conversations with family and friends.  

In this month's edition,  we are  including information on our telepractice  as a service delivery option.  About 90%  of our clients join us using  telepractice;  they like the  convenience  of  being able to work with us according to their  own schedules.  Perhaps the most effective program is blended, a combination of in-person with telepractice services at a distance.  We just had a client visit our home office for 3 days of intensive, in-person treatment and practice.   See the articles on telehealth  and telepractice in this month's  Aphasia News section. 
 
In the  Tip of the Month, Bill Connors discusses his newest  treatment exercise - Sentence Expansion.   For a free consultation with an aphasia treatment expert,  click here. 

For information  on how we can help your recovery using our aphasiatoolbox® program,  contact us at information@aphasiatoolbox.com   OR  schedule a free consultation with our therapists.
 
 
Aphasiatoolbox®: Where Real, Aggressive  Aphasia Recovery Happens Everyday.  
 

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 Upcoming Events
Brooke Lang and Bill Connors will present a poster session at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Philadelphia PA USA on Friday, November 18, 2016 2-3:30 pm EST. The title is "Neuroplastic Mindfulness in Aphasia Recovery: Six Go-To Treatment Approaches."
 Bill Connors  discusses a new exercise for PWA. 

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In this month's edition,  Bill Connors discusses  his newest treatment exercise - Sentence Expansion.

Sentence Expansion has become a staple treatment and practice activity for aphasiatoolbox® SLPs, clients, and practice coaches. This activity incorporates language theory and clinical research on grammar and syntax.   Warming up with Verb Switch activity activates sentence assembly and varied verb usage in the mindful neuroplastic recovery program. Since the ability to converse is our client's goal, we always try to take this activity or a conversational, turn-taking exchange that we call a "conversational dyad."  


Bill Connors discusses:  Sentence Expansion 
Bill Connors discusses: Sentence Expansion
 
Time:  04:58 
 Aphasia Research Opportunities

Midwestern University is conducting an IRB approved survey study entitled, "People with Aphasia and their Caregivers: What Do They Know about Aphasia?"  We are interested in learning how people with aphasia and caregivers were educated about aphasia and how they would like to continue to learn about the disorder. The results of this study will be used to improve patient and caregiver education.  

Participants will be asked to fill out a survey online with the option to print a hardcopy or request a printed copy be sent by mail. A study information sheet, which describes the study, will also be provided to each participant at the beginning of the survey. Eligibility to complete the survey is a diagnosis of aphasia or being a caregiver of a person with aphasia. The cause of aphasia may include, but is not limited to, stroke, head injury, or infection. Participants with aphasia must be older adults age 65 or above and able to complete the survey independently or with assistance for reading comprehension, visual impairments, or upper limb impairments. A caregiver will be eligible if he or she currently is or has been a caregiver of an older adult with aphasia. This survey is brief to complete. 

This survey is brief to complete  and all responses are anonymous;  no identifiable information will be collected from the survey respondents. There are separate surveys for people with aphasia and their caregivers.

The online surveys can be viewed at:
Link:  https://redcap.midwestern.edu/surveys/?s=3kizFHwYGW
Link: https://redcap.midwestern.edu/surveys/?s=IMzYB4f7eG
   
 Comments from Bill's Recent Presentations 

Last month, Bill Connors and Genevieve Richardson  presented to SLPs on: "Aphasia-Apraxia Therapy: Exploiting Neuroplasticity and Mindfulness" in Houston TX USA. 

Their highly-interactive presentation for SLPs shared innovative treatment protocols, materials and technology-based tools that enhanced clinical skills and assisted in the integration of existing scientific evidence and patient values into aphasia rehabilitation. The use of mindfulness techniques to mitigate aphasia stress was introduced and practiced. The presentation format  included: lecture, discussion, telepractice, actual client demonstration, and very active attendee participation.

Bill Connors presenting in Houston, TX.
Comments by SLP participants:
Thank you so much;  I am integrating your concepts into my aphasia treatment, particularly focusing on the underlying language components and teaching mindfulness."   
   
"I greatly enjoyed your insight into Aphasia therapy and I have used several of the therapy tasks with my patients already. "  

"You presented a wealth of information that will be useful to me as a future SLP." ;  

"Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and therapy techniques. I look forward to implementing it with my patients and will certainly refer to you when appropriate."

"We didn't invent aphasia therapy, but we work diligently every day to perfect it."

Stroke/Aphasia News

Neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to change with new learning/experiences) persists throughout the lifespan making it possible for people of all ages to strengthen their cognitive abilities.

Phased treatment enables clients with primary progressive aphasia to function as normally as possible-for as long as they can.

3.  Unique Northwestern program helps lawyer fighting to keep ability to speak
Bob Caughey still goes to his law office most mornings, after he's fed his sheep and eaten his Raisin Bran, but the job is no longer the same.   ( Primary Progressive Aphasia)

4. Customizing Treatment for Bilingual Speakers With Aphasia
Bilingual clients with aphasia need clinicians to incorporate individually tailored bilingualism principles into rehabilitation.

Despite their different triggers, the same molecular chain of events appears to be responsible for brain cell death from strokes, injuries and even such neurodegenerative diseases as Alzheimer's. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins say they have pinpointed the protein at the end of that chain of events, one that delivers the fatal strike by carving up a cell's DNA. The find, they say, potentially opens up a new avenue for the development of drugs to prevent, stop or weaken the process.
Brain mapping after a stroke could help determine if a patient will have language deficits-and how severe they will be-suggests new research from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and the University of South Carolina.

Women and minorities may be less likely to receive treatment for stroke, according to a study published in the September 14, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The convenience factor is a major driver for patients investigating the use of telehealth to consult with their providers, according to a survey by the American Telemedicine Association and WEGO Health. 
Telepractice is the application of telecommunications technology to the delivery of speech language pathology and audiology professional services at a distance by linking clinician to client/patient or clinician to clinician for assessment, intervention, and/or consultation.

Event Update:
Due to Hurricane Matthew, the National Stroke Association made the decision to cancel the
Comeback Trail 5K in Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 8.  The NSA shares your disappointment!   The NSA is  committed to hosting the Comeback Trail in Fort Lauderdale in 2017, along with these other locations: Washington D.C., Chicago, Nashville, Denver, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Long Island, NY.

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