Brain Compatible Aphasia Treatment (BCAT) takes advantage of the powerful recovery and reconnective potential of brain plasticity. The brain's ability to continually grow, learn and recover is well documented [http://www.fi.edu/learn/brain/exercise.html ]. Our experienced speech/language pathologists (SLP) blend the best of aphasia research and clinical evidence with neuroscience, learning theory, technology and clinical expertise. In doing so, we are able to emphasize the values, needs and goals of the person with aphasia ( PWA ) as part of our evidence-based aphasia program. Our SLPs use formative assessment techniques to assess your progress on an ongoing basis in order to continually respond to your progress and grow the scope of your program accordingly.As your speech and conversational skills improve, we make sure you can use them in fully functional ways as you participate in our online small support, conversation and activity groups ( http://aphasiatoolbox.com/calendar/calendar.htm )
Moreover, since aphasia truly is different for everyone, we work hard to ensure a program that is effective, personalized, affordable and available for everyone. Since traveling the pathway of aphasia recovery often takes time, there is no expiration date on your participation in our programs.
As you can see, the Brain Compatible Aphasia Treatment approach and its pioneering tools and techniques expand your program beyond what traditional treatment approaches can achieve.Our treatment Tenants, Components, Protocols and Tools emanate from evidence-based research and clinical studies.
Guiding Treatment Principles for BCAT
1.Be sure to have a working definition that facilitates metaphasia for the PWA.
2.Recognize and act on the fact that, "Aphasia is different for everybody." , ( Ginnie Anguish, PWA, 2000 )
3.Keeping in mind that each PWA is different, use formative assessment to monitor current levels as well as changes.
4.The BIG IDEA of Aphasia Therapy: Everything revolves around and comes back to propositional speech and conversation.
5.The Essence of Aphasia and Apraxia Therapy: Get the PWA skilled at:
a.knowing where to focus his/her mental attention
b.acting on that point of focus
c.efficiently shift to next point of focus.
6.The Key Elements ofAphasia Therapy ; Faith&Rhythm
7.Have the PWA work from his/her own memory or thoughts.
37.Recognize that your client is not a data point or a statistic.
38.Keep your eye on the truly important aphasia treatment outcomes: to return to work; to converse with his wife; to read stories to her grandkids; to shoot the breeze over coffee in Starbucks; to lead a productive life.
40.Never, ever, ever give up. However, if you must, deliver a list of quality resources and referral sources to the PWA and caregivers.
41.Consider an ongoing intensive program that incorporates innovative treatment with lots of patient practice, and peer interaction, and a never give up attitude.
42.Address issues of syllable structure knowledge and production early.
43.Establish vowel knowledge and production skills early when needed.
44.Fold in work on prosody ASAP.
45.Reconnect Spelling Skills.
46.Reconnect, or teach, keyboarding skills and screen literacy.
47.Pay attention to the phonological neighborhood
48.Encourage the brain to make multiple associations with the same material in order to give that information more neural scaffolding.
49.Vary the type of material studied in a single sitting in order to leave a deeper impression on the brain than concentrating on just one skill at a time.
50."It ain't over till it's over...and that takes time and persistence."
51.Emphasize metapraxia, the patient's understanding of and insight into the planning and execution of movement patterns.
52.When appropriate, provide quick, clean, diverse and descriptive feedback.
53.When giving feedback or instructions, tell the PWA or coach only what to do.
54.Help the client learn the skill of truly listening.
55.Make sure that the PWA is working with peers and working/participating in groups.
56.Focus on normal skills.
57.Be a reconnectionist.
58.Help the PWA learn to embrace his/her mistakes.
59.Recognize that worksheets don't grow dendrites.
60.Train and utilize coaches.
61.Know the differences among: homonyms; homographs; heterograph; heteronym; homophone; antonym; and synonym and take advantage of them.
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The National Aphasia AssociationAs you know, technology surrounds us and changes by the second. There are many people with aphasia, caregivers and professionals who now rely on communicating via the internet. Below is a listing of aphasia blogs, online support groups and therapy programs.