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Self-Help Aphasia Group Meetings:
6/30/09 Cleveland, OH
7/9/09 Monroeville, PA
7/8/09 Conway, PA
8/13/09 Northern VA
2/10 The Kentucky Speech, Language and Hearing Convention
Groups are being planned for OH, MD, WV and VA. For information contactinformation@
YET ANOTHER SUCCESS STORY -
Announcing the Satellite Offices - Ohio and Virginia
We are pleased to announce that we are working with patients at our Northern VA and Northern OH offices now in addition to our home base in PA. To schedule a first consultation with Bill Connors contact him at 724.494.2534 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
We have also expanded our online treatment program to residents of Alberta, Canada and Greece.
We have identified twelve reasons why traditional aphasia therapy has failed so many:
1. The treatment program has invested in approaches that either don't work or are too slow in achieving results.
2. The treatment program lacks faith and give up too quickly on the patient.
3. The treatment program blames the patient with comments like, "You have reached a plateau."
4. The treatment program focuses treatment on data not mental processes. The question should be, "Who's doing the thinking and who's doing the talking during therapy?". It must be the patient who is doing the thinking and talking for meaningful progress toward return of conversational skills..
5. The treatment program fails to collaborate causing the patient to lack resources at discharge.
6. The treatment program fails to go beyond the clinical evidence and research.
7. The treatment program fails to recognize that "Aphasia is different for everybody." and therefore applies cookie-cutter activities.
8. The treatment program fails to provide for ongoing, self-help practice after discharge using innovative tools with caregiver training.
9. The treatment program fails to use innovative tools and materials.
10. The treatment program relies on imitation and external cuing [ for example: "Read this."; "Finish this sentence."; "Name this picture"; "Watch me and do what I do." "Look in the mirror." ] instead of having the patient work from his/her own memory and thoughts building from the normal, propositional brain pathways.
11. The treatment program fails to revolve everything around speaking.
12. The treatment program fails to address the cognitive underpinnings of speech such as verbal working memory; focused, selective, sustained and alternating attention; and effective mental resource allocation.
If you want to know what truly does work, stay tuned for our next newsletter. Discover how so many of our patients and clients have made such real progress toward conversing, reading, writing and talking again. Find out why years since the stroke and a patient's age are not critical factors in aphasia recovery. We will be sharing details on how to make every therapy activity truly therapeutic and how to get the patient practicing hours each day.
Too eager to wait? Contact us at information@aphasiatoolbox.