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If you live in the Columbus, Ohio area, next week we will be offering on-site consultations and assessments on July 28, 29 and 30. Spots are very limited so contact us ASAP. Aphasiatoolbox® is providing this community service at no charge and with no obligation.

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New aphasiatoolbox Website

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We are putting the finishing touches on our NEW aphasiatoolbox® membership site.  It will have a slick, neat design, will be easy to navigate, will be loaded with the best tools, materials, software and videos for aphasia recovery,   and will be constantly updated.


The protocols and materials/activities  mentioned below represent a drop in the  bucket of what will be available at the new


> Emphasis on Propositional Speech  

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We use propositional speech and language for everyday conversation.  It happens when a person creatively formulates words into sentences with regard to the situation at hand.  Clients recovering from aphasia using aphasiatoolbox® programs, tools and therapists learn from the beginning to talk from their own memory, independently. 


The opposite of propositional speech is imitation, finishing the sentences of others, being cued by others, and over dependence on others in order to speak.


Propositional  speech is at the heart of  the® program.    


How does our staff  get people with aphasia independently and  propositionally talking again?

See  these  activities below:  


Activity #1  -  Pronouns

Activity #2   -  Conjugation/Verbing


- - Activity #1 -  Pronouns


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Pronouns play a critical role in an effective aphasia recovery program.  


We use pronouns to start the majority of our everyday sentences, and we know how important it is for people with aphasia to be able to get speech started, to independently initiate sentences. For that reason, aphasiatoolbox® treatment/practice starts with the 8 subjective pronouns: I you he she it we you they.  Pronouns allow us to refer back to a name or word me you him her it us you them; to identify ownership: my your his her its our your their; to ask questions: who what when where why how; and to refer back to places: here there.

Moreover, pronouns are among the most frequently used words in spoken conversation so working on them give you a bigger bang for your recovery buck.


Link to  protocol:


If you have failed to reconnect these important pronouns in your recovery efforts, contact us at  


- - Activity #2 -  Conjugation/ Verbing 


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Conjugation is the modification of a verb from its basic form. 

Both conjugation and  verbing are treatment activities in the Brain Compatible Aphasia Treatment Program that is designed to help a person with aphasia fluently say aloud sentences by reconnecting his/her ability to say the subjective pronouns and add a verb.   An example is: "I walk.; You walk.; He walks, etc".


Link to the protocol: 


The verbing  exercise is designed to help a person with aphasia to recall verbs and then say, type and use them in conversation.

Link to the protocol: 

Contact us if you want to reconnect your speech. 
> Emphasis on Cognition and Memory 


Cognition is the mental process involved in thought.
Cognition includes thinking, knowing, remembering, judging, problem solving, executive function, attention, memory, language, and more.  Speech therapists and researchers agree, problems with cognition play a key role in progress or lack of progress in aphasia recovery.  


It is now clear that improving cognitive skills will serve to not only improve aphasia, but also decrease recovery time.  An aphasia recovery program that does not aggressively work on the cognitive underpinnings of speech and language may well not maximize recovery.


Memory is a person's ability to be able to recall he/she has learned and retained. Having a client work from his/her memory is a key factor in exploiting neuroplasticity and in maximal recovery of spontaneous, propositional conversation.   


See activity #3 below.

- - ACTIVITY  #3 -   Multiple meaning words   


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One of the exercises that we  are sharing at the Aphasia Recovery Connection 2015 Retreat is the s
emantic flexibility exercise  "Multiple Meaning Words".

This activity develops and reconnects fluent word recall and cognitive flexibility in people recovering from aphasia.  

Improving the 
cognitive skills that support our efforts to independently communicate are absolutely vital to aphasia recovery.


Cognitive Flexibility refers to:


* the ability to adapt thinking to new and unexpected happenings;  
* the ability to consider a variety of solutions to a problem;  
* the ability to come up with multiple ways to approach speech, word recall and communication.

Contact us if you want to improve your ability to let words flow. 


What makes different from other adult aphasia treatment programs? 
July 27,  2015
July 2015 -
This is Sharon Rennhack, the chief editor for the aphasiatoolbox® newsletter.

This month, Bill, Brooke, and I will be presenting at the Aphasia Recovery Connection Aphasia Retreat in Columbus, OH.

We will be offering the following presentations with handouts. 


1. Defining Aphasia and Related Disorders

2. Improve Cognitive Skills to Overcome your Aphasia

3. How to Best Use Neuroplasticity  to Overcome Aphasia 

 Contact me if you want to receive copies of our presentations.

- In this newsletter edition, we're sharing treatment ideas, materials and tools, similar to those that we'll be  covering  and demonstrating at the  Retreat. 


 -  We're also discussing the practice and treatment philosophy of aphasiatoolbox® 


 - In his video, Bill Connors discusses what makes aphasiatoolbox® and its programs and tools so effective and so different from other aphasia programs. 


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Sharon Rennhack
Chief Editor 
ATB comes to  Ohio

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Aphasiatoolbox ® is looking forward to seeing our friends from the Aphasia Recovery Connection
next week! 


VIDEO:  Bill Connors discusses:  
"The  3 C's of Aphasia Recovery"


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In this month's  video, Master Clinician Bill Connors discusses what makes aphasiatoolbox® and its program and tools so effective and different from other programs.   


He discusses choice, change and chance. 


Bill Connors discusses:   
Bill Connors discusses: "The 3 C's of Aphasia Recovery"



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City event brings aphasia research community together  

 Legislature honors Adler Aphasia Center  


More evidence about the importance of addressing cognitive skill issue not only for aphasia recovery
but also stroke recovery and health maintenance.

Local couple educates others about aphasia 

Events - Aphasia


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1.  The Chicago Aphasia Network is the new name of the aphasia group recently formed by Marissa Artman, Ellen Fitzmorris and Dan Goffman.

They can be reached at:
TWITTER:    @CAN_Aphasia.

Their next Aphasia support group meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at  3 pm to 4 30 pm. Click here for their upcoming events:

2.   "I have aphasia - now what?" July 27, 2015, St Petersburg, FL

3. Bill Connors  and staff will again offer their live, online, totally interactive course on telepractice for SLPs. The next date is Tuesday, August 25,  starting at 6 pm  EDT

This ASHA approved course will serve to satisfy CEU requirement for Telepractice Certification by aphasiatoolbox®. For information contact or 724.494.2534 .

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