Empowerment in Aphasia Recovery    

                     
  
June  is National Aphasia Awareness Month.
The staff at aphasiatoolbox® thanks all of the SLPs, researchers and others who work so hard to help people with aphasia and related disorders improve their communication skills and enhance the quality of their lives.

From Sharon Rennhack:
The word - awareness - refers to  "having a knowledge of."  Personally,  as a person recovered from aphasia,  I would rather  talk about empowerment  rather than awareness.

A few weeks ago, I saw  Amy Edmunds at the FL SLP Convention/Speak Out conference in Orlando, FL.  Amy is a stroke survivor and is  the founder and Chief Executive of YoungStroke.org.  Her energy and passion makes me think that we need to have that kind of sustained energy to move from awareness of aphasia  to empowerment and change- both individually and collectively.  In fact, the YoungStroke website identifies  three main ideas: 

EDUCATE:  Raising Awareness
ADVOCATE: Uniting Voices
CHANGE: Driving Change

These three words help empower people with aphasia - no matter the age.   The word "empowerment" includes the word "power";  Synonyms include: might; mightiness; force.  My hope is that PWA  will become  a force for change with our "united" might - just like Amy and her young stroke and aphasia survivors.

Let's be aggressive and help our clients be aggressive in terms of recovery - not silent, not passive; let's raise our collective voices for  more effective treatment leading to maximizing recovery.  Let's push for more research and treatment funding, more treatment options, like Amy mentioned in her speech.  Aphasiatoolbox is leading the charge in aggressive, affordable, and effective treatment of  aphasia;  our clients know and demand this for their recovery. 

Let's, together, demand  a new attitude toward people with aphasia and real action on aphasia recovery.  Schedule with us to make it happen for your clients:  schedule a complimentary consultation.

Aphasiatoolbox®: Where Real Aphasia Recovery Happens Everyday. 
  
 
Aphasia recovery takes time.

Aphasia recovery takes time. Did you know that your client, once discharged, can work in an intensive aphasia treatment and recovery program for less than $ 700.00 per month?   

As you know, the value and effectiveness of intensive aphasia treatment has been well researched and documented.   Aphasia recovery demands frequent treatment and rigorous practice in an affordable program.  
 
An intensive program at aphasiatoolbox.com® like the one mentioned above includes:
  • 2 sessions a week with an aphasiatoolbox® expert speech pathologist
  • collaboration with attending or referring SLP current speech pathologist 
  • access to the tools; materials; and practice software on the aphasiatoolbox.com website for both the client and the attending or referring SLP
  • the opportunity for the PRA and the SLP to participate in 20 online conversation, practice and support groups a month
  • training for the client's family, caregiver or friend to become a competent practice coach
  • ...and most importantly, the tools, knowledge and techniques to allow you to practice 3-5 hours a day with your coach and by yourself outside of groups and treatment session 
Schedule with us to facilitate maximum aphasia recovery   click here to schedule your complimentary consultation. 

With the Online Intensive Aphasia Program at aphasiatoolbox®,  your clients can continue to receive treatment as long the program adds value to their recovery.
 
Aphasiatoolbox®: Where Real Aphasia Recovery Happens Everyday.

Bill Connors discusses: 
"Empower the person with aphasia"
In this  video,  Bill  discusses several ways that SLPs and therapists can empower people with aphasia.   


Time:  04:51

For information on how Bill and the staff of Aphasiatoolbox can help your client with aphasia, contact us.

Neuroplastic Tip of the Month

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  In his  Neuroplastic Treatment Tip of the Month,  Bill       Connors discusses the Mindful Sentence Patterning technique and how this can be incorporated into aphasia treatment.  A focus is on reducing  aphasia  stress, turn - taking and facilitating self-generated speech from clients.


 

Time:  06:08

 Upcoming Presentations

Bill Connors will  present on the topic of "Mindful Neuroplastic Aphasia Treatment".

This highly interactive course will discuss the importance of incorporating evidence-based practice by extracting clinical and intellectually useful information, knowledge, and tools from science and research in order to assist clients in their pursuit of improvement and recovery with the goal of speech and language restoration and overall functional independence.

The discovery of mindfulness and its incompatibility with stress has been a crucial element to success in client recovery. The presenters will address upcoming research being conducted on mindfulness and rehabilitation as well as what they have learned about the power of being mindful and how it has quickly made powerful, drastic changes in the recovery of their clients with aphasia and apraxia.

The bulk of the presentation will focus on the five simple, yet smart and truly therapeutic treatment approaches which turn people with aphasia into people recovering from aphasia. The presenters will explain and demonstrate how clinicians can take advantage of neural plasticity and most efficiently and effectively maximize their clients' recovery of communication and cognitive skills by replacing learned non-use, learned non-attention, and learned helplessness with propositional communication.

Schedule:
Saturday, August 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Birmingham, AL
Saturday, October 1 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Houston, TX

Note: The full-day course will offer 7 CEU ASHA credits.   
For more information, contact bill@aphasiatoolbox.com .  

What does the word EMPOWER mean to you?       

Practice coach and Cafe leader Sharon Rennhack interviews two members of the online Wednesday Conversational Cafe on the words - Power, Empower and Empowerment. 

Why are those words so important for people with aphasia? It's  because aphasia, if allowed,  steals their independence.  Aphasiatoolbox therapists and coaches work with our clients to restore and reinforce independence - ie, their feeling of empowerment.
 

In this short  video,  you will meet our clients Gil and Laura;  they discuss some tools for empowerment.

Wednesday Cafe Members discuss:  Empowerment
Wednesday Cafe Members discuss: Empowerment

Time:  05:28

Aphasiatoolbox®: Where Real Aphasia Recovery Happens Everyday. 
  
Aphasia News/Events

1.  Woody Durham, longtime voice of the Tar Heels, diagnosed with language expression disorder 
Woody Durham, who for 40 years served as the radio play-by-play voice of the North Carolina basketball and football teams, has been diagnosed with a neurocognitive disorder that affects his language expression.


2.  One Area of Brain Sees Familiar Words as Pictures, Another Sounds Out Words
Skilled readers can quickly recognize words when they read because the word has been placed in a visual dictionary of sorts which functions separately from an area that processes the sounds of written words, say Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) neuroscientists. The visual dictionary idea rebuts a common theory that our brain needs to "sound out" words each time we see them.

The adult brain has learned to calculate an image of its environment from sensory information. If the input signals change, however, even the adult brain is able to adapt − and, ideally, to return to its original activity patterns once the perturbation has ceased. Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology in Martinsried have now shown in mice that this ability is due to the properties of individual neurons. Their findings demonstrate that individual cells adjust strongly to changes in the environment but after the environment returns to its original state it is again the individual neurons which reassume their initial response properties. This could explain why despite substantial plasticity the perception in the adult brain is rather stable and why the brain does not have to continuously relearn everything.

Mindfulness-based meditation is now firmly established as a valid stress-reduction tool and is backed by a growing body of solid science illuminating its effects on the brain and health. It is being applied to an ever-growing list of conditions and life situations, including keeping kindergarteners calm, boosting job satisfaction, overcoming addiction, and beating back pain. Mindfulness meditation, as Fortune magazine reported in March, has become a billion-dollar business.

Stroke, the most common medical emergency, is a cerebrovascular accident that can cause death and long-term disability. Over 80 percent of all strokes are ischemic strokes, when a clot lodges in an artery supplying blood to the brain and the blood flow is reduced or blocked. A small percentage, caused by rupture of brain blood vessels, are called hemorrhagic strokes. Stroke risk factors are well known and include high blood pressure, elevated lipids, diabetes, smoking, heavy drinking, coronary artery disease, heart diseases, etc.

As many as one million Americans live with some form of aphasia, according to the National Institutes for Health, and a growing body of research
suggests that continued speech therapy can help people recover some of their communication skills. But options for therapy can be limited, even if a patient has health insurance.  

After years of big promises, telemedicine is finally living up to its potential.Driven by faster internet connections, ubiquitous smartphones and changing insurance standards, more health providers are turning to electronic communications to do their jobs-and it's upending the delivery of health care.

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