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Update on Telepractice  

Satisfy your curiosity and overcome your tele-anxiety!

Master Clinician Bill Connors is offering an online, live and interactive 3-hour course on telepractice called -
"Starting a Speech Language Pathology Telepractice".

This course covers practical skills, techniques, technology, and tools that an SLP can use to most efficiently and effectively use telepractice to optimize patient care while expanding business.  Each participant will have hands-on experience and will, by the end of the session, be able to start, conduct and end a basic telepractice session using the Webex platform.  Ethical, legal, and professional issues related to telepractice are also addressed.

Each course is  3 hours long.
1. Next available dates for formal ASHA-CEU approved sessions:

SAT           12 PM EST     9/19/15
THURS      7 pm EST     10/22/ 15
SAT           12 PM EST     11/21/15

The  course   is  $125.00.

2. Next available dates for sessions without ASHA approved CEUs:

TUES         6  PM EST    9/15/15
SAT          12 PM EST    10/17/15
SAT          12 PM EST    11/17/15
SAT          12 PM EST    12/12/15

The  course   is  $90.00.

To register, send an email to

With specific course-related questions, contact Bill directly at or 724.494.2534.

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Telepractice for SLPs

Telepractice, the delivery of services at a distance, represents a growing opportunity for speech language pathology. This newsletter and our Facebook group - Telepractice for SLPs, is supported by®;  we share information, resources and tools concerning Telepractice.
Compound Words - Alternating Attention 

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The compound word activity addresses important recovery issues such as: word recall, work production, alternating attention, verbal working memory, and phonological encoding.   

Compound words contain 2  separate  words with  distinct meanings that when spoken together in a blended manner create a third word with its own meaning.   eg, streetlight is the same as two words *street and *light  or newspaper is the same as two words *news and *paper.  View the demonstration video below.  We can provide an online consultation session with you and your client to offer ideas to maximize his/her treatment and practice.

Activity:  Compound Words 
Activity: Compound Words

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Activity:   Sentence Patterning

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The Sentence Patterning  activity helps a person with aphasia begin to respond using a short sentence in a simple conversational context.    This activity addresses problems with word recall, word production, turn taking, verbal working memory, and basic discourse.

The coach or SLP asks the basic question: "Do you eat?  the client answers: "I eat."

This activity can be used throughout the recovery process as more sophisticated and complex semantic and syntactic activities unfold.  For example, as our clients learn the subjective pronouns, we make sentence patterning a little more difficult.

We  ask the client:  "Does Bob eat"?   The patient pauses in order to hold the question in working memory and then answers the question using information/words from the question and transforming the NOUN into a PRONOUN.  ("He eats.")    View the demonstration video below.  We can provide an online consultation session with you and your client to offer ideas to maximize his/her treatment and practice.

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Protocol:  Sentence Patterning 
Protocol: Sentence Patterning
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Aphasia News and Events  

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Sea to Sky Aphasia Camp,  Sept 18 - 20, Squamish,  BC, Canada

The Sea to Sky Aphasia Camp is  based on a community-university partnership that brings together people with aphasia, their family members, and students from a wide variety of health professions. 

The weekend-long camp offers an opportunity for all participants to  connect with and learn from one  another while enjoying  organized recreational activities in the  beauty of Squamish, BC.

Easter Seals Camp, Squamish, British Columbia
Date:  September 18 - 20, 2015
Cost: $160.00 per person
For  further information:


Houston Aphasia Recovery Center, Houston, TX, Sept 18

HARC is offering a Continuing Education Course:

"Preserving Communication and Dignity in Persons with Primary Progressive Aphasia"

For  information, please click here.

aphasiatoolbox® is now into our 10th year of aggressively and successfully helping people recover from aphasia.
  August 31,  2015
August 2015 - UPDATE: Neuroplastic Tenets

This is Sharon Rennhack, the chief editor for the aphasiatoolbox® newsletter.

We apologize for the delay in publishing the August 2015 edition of aphasiatoolbox®.  We have been experiencing a spurt of client growth and several website issues.

No excuses, but we wanted you to know what was happening and we had important content to add at the last minute!

Neuroplasticity refers to the ability of the brain to heal itself or grow. It is the ability of the human brain to make changes and adapt in reaction to environmental cues, experiences, behavior, injury and/ or disease. 

A fundamental principle  underlying the research discussed in this review is that the brain, regardless of age, is flexible and capable of change; that is, it has the capacity for structural and functional plasticity throughout the human life span. Plasticity underlies normal processes such as development, learning, and maintaining performance while aging, as well as response to brain injury.

In our October 2014 newsletter, we described 12
"Neuroplastic Rehabilitation Principles" also known as our neuroplastic tenets. When Aphasiatoolbox presented at the Aphasia Recovery Connection Retreat in Ohio last month, we offered an updated view of these tenets for aphasia recovery.  
Our staff and practice coaches have continued to improve their skills and knowledge base and our clients are talking, conversing and typing better!

We have found new ways to help our clients specifically to help avoid aphasia stress; that phrase refers to some of the behaviors that people with aphasia can and do exhibit, e g, not listening, closing their eyes,   moving their heads, repeating a word, phrase or sentence, etc.
-  This updated and streamlined  list of tenets include this new thinking, including the importance of mindfulness in helping to achieve aphasia recovery along with "the 3 second" rule.

-  We include several of the  neuroplastic exercises   that we used at the ARC retreat in Columbus OH. 
- In this newsletter edition, please see the separate video with Bill Connors discussing his revised and streamlined neuroplastic tenets for maximizing aphasia recovery.

For information on how we can help you , your loved ones, or your clients, please contact us at .

Sharon Rennhack
Chief Editor 

Our survey for SLPs and graduate students in SLP programs has been extended to Friday, September 11.    

UPDATE:  Neuroplastic Tenets

 Editor's Note:® is the world leader in providing innovative tools, techniques, software and self-help materials for neuroplastic aphasia treatment and intensive practice.

Here we have included our updated neuroplastic tenets.

Also see Bill Connors'  video in this edition. 

Contact us for further information on how we can get you talking! 

VIDEO:  Bill Connors discusses his revised  neuroplastic tenets for aphasia treatment and  recovery. 


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In this month's  video, Master Clinician Bill Connors discusses  some of his new thinking for his neuroplastic tenets.     




Bill Connors discusses the revised neuroplastic tenets. 


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Aphasiatoolbox® Upcoming
Editor's  Note:

These are some of the upcoming presentations that Bill Connors and staff will be  giving:

"Incorporating Telepractice into the graduate SLP program", Bloomsburg University, Pennsylvania, September 11, 2015, 1-3 pm.
"Aphasia and Apraxia Recovery: Exploiting Neuroplasticity"    annual conference of the Maine Speech-Hearing-Language Association, Portland ME, November 5-6, 2015.
"Telepractice Essentials", March of Dimes, Canada, online, November 9, 2015.
"Telepractice Essentials", March of Dimes, Canada, online, December 14, 2015.

FEATURE:  Family locators   

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One of the fastest-growing apps (for android and/or iPhone) is what's known as a "family locator" app.
If you have used "Find my phone" on your iPhone, then you have used a similar application. "Find my phone" uses GPS, ie, Global Positioning System, a technical breakthough of the latter 20th century.

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