Aphasia Entrepreneurs
Editor's Note - Sharon Rennhack:  
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In this  month's edition, AphasiaToolbox discusses the concept of aphasia entrepreneurship.  We cover: 

A.  Aphasia Entrepreneurs  - are recovering or have recovered their communication skills. This has allowed them to reinvent themselves and return to work, to volunteer activities, to hobbies, and to avocations,  similar to what I have accomplished with my recovery.  

B. Aphasia Advisers -  refers to people who  offer  products or services  for people recovering from aphasia/stroke.  As you will see below, sometimes a person is both!

A good example of an aphasia entrepreneurial success would be the work done by Christine Huggins and David Dow,  the co-founders of the Aphasia Recovery Connection.  
Just as each person with stroke/aphasia is different from a medical or clinical viewpoint, each person with aphasia is also different in terms of  treatment and recovery outcomes.   For many, this means a return to productive employment or activities in their world.  An effective treatment program for aspiring entrepreneurs needs to include aggressive activities, ideas and tools to maximize recovery with a whole person recovery strategy.  

Aphasiatoolbox recognizes that the goals of people recovering from aphasia vary just as their clinical status does.   Our clients  work aggressively in recovery programs and in groups,  and are demanding and aiming for the highest outcomes.  

The staff of  aphasiatoolbox have a combined 85+ years helping people with aphasia recover, thru our aphasiatoolbox.com comprensive  program.    For more information, ideas and tools about aggressively traveling the recovery pathway,
When you have questions about aphasia,  the answer is aphasiatoolbox┬«.  We ARE aphasia recovery. 

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. 

Upcoming Aphasia Toolbox Presentations:  
Consumer and  Professional  Presentations:

1. Bill Connors is offering an  Aphasia Recovery Workshop  in Columbus, Ohio on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

Bill and aphasiatoolbox client Susan Balling - will discuss  ways to exploit neuroplasticity to maximize your recovery. They will demonstrate how expert treatment over the internet is so powerful and cost-effective.   This will be an opportunity to learn the most effective and up-to-date aphasia treatment and practice ideas. 


When:  Saturday, March 24, 2018 at 11:30 am
Where:  Panera's - 4519 N High Street, Columbus OH 43214
Cost: $15.00 per person / @20.00 per couple - proceeds go to supporting the Aphasia Recovery Connection
A Panera's lunch will be provided. If possible, bring your speech-language pathologist; he/she can get 2.5 professional maintenance CEUs.  For more information or to register, contact  erin@aphasiatoolbox.com     OR  call  724.831-8353.  If interested, contact Erin to  set up a consumer workshop in your area.

2.  Bill Connors will present a 3-hour workshop at the Texas Speech-Language-Hearing Assn Convention in Houston, March 3, 2018

3,  The aphasiatoolbox staff will present a 3 hour workshop on Speech Treatment using Telepractice at the Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing Assn Convention in Columbus March 25, 2018.

4. The aphasiatoolbox staff will present a 3 hour workshop on Speech Treatment using Telepractice in Illinois in April, 2018 . 

For additional information,   contact  Erin at erin@aphasiatoolbox.com .  

Aphasia Entrepreneur:  Doug Campbell

Doug  Campbell is  an artist and poet.   His just-published  book  - "Tree Story" -  is the second book of poetry released by Doug  following his stroke in 2012  which left him  with aphasia. The poetry in this book was written throughout the years before his stroke, and "reflects the process of reengaging with his former writing and also encouraging him to share his work with the world."

About Douglas G. Campbell:
Doug lives in Portland, Oregon. He is Professor Emeritus of art at George Fox University where he taught painting, printmaking, drawing and art history courses. His poetry and artworks have been published in a number of periodicals, and his artwork is represented in collections such as The Portland Art Museum, Oregon State University, Ashforth Pacific, Inc. and George Fox University.            

Aphasia Entrepreneur:   John Daggan    
John Daggan  is a stroke survivor and actor.  

As reported in Stroke Connection,  John,  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."

John and his clinician used Script Therapy to help his aphasia.  Together,  they wrote a  script describing   John's stroke and aphasia. 

"As of this writing, John has performed his script at more than a dozen Equity auditions in New York and three more at the State theatres in New Brunswick, New Jersey, an 11-hour round trip by public transport from Staten Island. The reactions of directors, playwrights and casting directors have been varied. "Sometimes they just sit there totally shocked!" John said. "Sometimes they are silent and look dumbfounded, and sometimes they are very interested in what I'm saying. It's great!" The satisfied smile on that handsome face says it all. This ambassador for persons with aphasia has succeeded in his mission. "
Bravo,  John Daggan!

Article:  Taking the Stage for Aphasia,  Stroke Connection,  Winter 2018 

Aphasia Entrepreneur:  Paul  Berger
Paul  Berger is a publisher, author and  speaker.  
Paul and his wife Stephanie Mensh are authors of "How to Conquer the World With One Hand...And an Attitude."

Paul and his wife Stephanie are now living in Bethesda, MD and continue to offer expert consultation and speaking  services.

Sign up for Paul's free e-newsletter at: www.strokesurvivor.com

Aphasia Entrepreneur:     Michael Susca
Michael Susca  is an SLP, professor and an author.   His book -  "The Professor's Tumor" ,  is the true story of a speech-language pathologist who treated people with aphasia and other neurogenic communication disorders and later became a professor who taught students about those communication problems. Then he was diagnosed with a brain tumor and, after brain surgery, was left with aphasia and other challenges. This is a first-person perspective of losing the gift of communication and regaining it. 

 Other Aphasia Entrepreneurs
Skip Marcella:
Skip lives in   British Columbia, CAN.  He  recently posted his business and aphasia cards in  the Facebook  group - Aphasia Recovery Connection. 

Avi Golden:
Avi is a good example of a person making 
lemonade from lemons. He is an active aphasia and disability advocate.  
Read Avi's story  here.

Aphasia Adviser:  Peter Levine    
Peter G. Levine is a consultant, author,  a medical researcher/  science educator and authority on stroke recovery. His articles have been published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on brain plasticity as it relates to stroke.   His articles have been widely cited by the medical community. His 2013 book "Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery"   is regarded as an authoritative guide for patients and therapists dealing with stroke.  

Peter is also an inventor;  he has  created  the ArmTran,  which helps patients who have shoulder problems following stroke.  

The ArmTran is  used to exercise and stretch the shoulder.  It helps to  a. increase movement; b.  decrease spasticity; c. promote joint health;  d.  change the brain.

Editor's Note:  Please  read the  notes on stroke exercise BEFORE using the ArmTran or any other shoulder exercise.

About Peter:
Peter is an educator, using many portals-books, magazine articles and columns, blogs and seminars- to explain neuroplasticity.  In addition to his  book - "Stronger After Stroke", he also conduct seminars throughout the US covering stroke rehab.  He lives in Wyoming, Ohio, with his wife, Aila Mella (a PT) and their two children. He can be reached via e-mail at StrongerAfterStroke@yahoo.com.

1. Stronger After Stroke: Your Roadmap to Recovery,  by Peter G. Levine, Demos Medical Publishing, New York (2009 1st ed., 2012 2nd ed. 2018 3rd ed). NOTE:  The third edition of Peter's book will be published soon.

2.  ArmTran
Note:  The cost of the ArmTran is  $39.


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