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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Aphasia Rehabilitation: 60 Innovative and Effective Tools, Protocols and Tips

Aphasia Rehabilitation: 60 Innovative
and Effective Tools, Protocols and Tips
 
Presentation on www.speechpathology.com
Bill Connors will present a workshop titled Aphasia Rehabilitation: 60 Innovative
and Effective Tools, Protocols and Tips  on www.speechpathology.com on Monday, August 30, 2010 from noon -- 1 pm est . 


Course Objectives 
               Learners will be able to identify 20 techniques to simplify, adapt and maximize computers, software and information technology for aphasia, alexia, agraphia and cognitive therapy.
               Learners will be able to identify 25 treatment protocols and techniques in aphasia treatment that facilitate: interpersonal engagement, independent sentence and narrative speech; encourage a large amount of independent and peer practice; incorporate multiple modalities.
               Learners will be able to identify 5 techniques and tools for using telerehabilition for aphasia and group treatment.
               Learners will be able to identify 4 observation and analysis techniques of aphasic client behavior to use in applying evidence-based treatment to maximize rehabilitation activities and effectively train caregivers/coaches participation in the treatment process.
               Learners will be able to identify 6 key cognitive/mental processes that underpin and support language and its rehabilitation and incorporate these into treatment protocol development and application.

This course offers CEU credits for speech/language pathologists.

Please visit www.speechpathology.com for details.

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Saturday, August 21, 2010

An Event for People With Aphasia


A Conference for Persons with Aphasia & their Co-Survivors


September 30th, 2010
Tulsa, OK

Phone: (800) 922-4622
Web site: www.aphasia.org

Keynote Speaker


Dr. Barbara B. Shadden is a University


Professor in the Program in Communication Disorders at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She served as Director of this program for 20 years, stepping down only recently. Dr. Shadden has served leadership roles in the Arkansas Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the Council of Academic Programs in Communication Sciences and Disorders, and ASHA,
and has been a regional representative for the National Aphasia Association for more than 15 years. She is the author or co-editor of 6 textbooks, 57 articles, and 17 book chapters, the majority of which deal with adult neurological
communication disorders and their effects on the person with the disorder and those close to them. In recent years, Dr. Shadden has been particularly
interested in the effects of loss or impairment of communication on one’s sense of self, one’s life story. Her work is enriched by serving for more than 25 years as facilitator of a stroke support group and by her own personal experiences with aphasia since her husband’s stroke in 1997.


Barbara B. Shadden, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BC-NCD
Professor Program in Communication Disorders
University of Arkansas 410 Arkansas Avenue
Fayetteville, AR 72701


(479) 575-4917 (phone)
(479) 575-4507 (fax)
Barbara B. Shadden, Ph.D.
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What Causes Migraine Aura

AuraThe aura is the second of four possible phases of a Migraine attack. Aura symptoms vary from one Migraineur to the next and even from one MIgraine attack to the next. The symptoms may include:
  • Visual symptoms inclusing scotoma, phosphenes, wavy vision, floating spots, and more.
  • Numbness or tingling, usually of the face or hands and arms.
  • Olfactory hallucinations -- smelling things that aren't actually present.
  • Auditory hallucinations -- hearing things that aren't actually present.
  • Aphasia -- problems with understanding speech or finding the right words to speak.
  • More. You can read more about the phases of Migraine and their potential symptoms in Anatomy of a Migraine.
Have you ever wondered what goes on in the brain during a Migraine to cause the aura symptoms? Dr. David Dodick, president of the American Headache Society and director of the Migraine and headache clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, recently answered that question in the New York Times health section Consults. His reply begins:
"Migraine is too often “bookmarked” by the start and stop of the headache, but migraine is frequently associated with symptoms other than headache before, during and after the onset of head pain. About 75 percent of migraine sufferers will experience non-headache premonitory symptoms prior to the headache pain. Patients experience a range of cognitive, emotional and physical symptoms in this phase; the most common include feeling tired and weary, difficulty concentrating, stiff neck, dizziness, light and noise sensitivity, yawning, and depression or irritability."
You can read the rest of his answer in Consults.
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Friday, August 20, 2010

Wii console could help stroke victims, say scientists

Wiihabilitation 19 Aug 2010 10:47 | by Andrea Petrou

Wii console could help stroke victims, say scientists -
Motion sensing technology, such as the Wii could be to help people with aphasia.

The condition is a language impairment, commonly caused by a stroke, that affects around 250,000 people in the UK. It is thought that technology such as the Wii will help people with this condition learn how to ‘gesture’ independently at home.

Gestures that can be readily interpreted by others are often advocated in aphasia treatment, but can be difficult for aphasic people to learn, because they have additional stroke-related disabilities, such as one sided paralysis. Gesturing can be improved through therapy, but one-to-one sessions can be costly and therapy resources are scarce.

Scientists at City University London are working with the Stroke Association and have been given £300k from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).They want to see if they can develop an affordable computer-based technology to help stroke survivors independently at home.

The project will create a prototype system that enables users to practise gesturing, receive instant feedback, and master the movements through repetition. It will be run by a multi-disciplinary team from City's Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCID), and Department of Language and Communication Science.

Jane Marshall, Professor of Aphasiology at City University London, said: "Computer-based treatments have been shown to improve verbal language skills in previous studies, but this is the first time that gestures will be addressed. With 45,000 new cases in the UK each year, we hope that our work will help a wider range of aphasic people to regain communication skills."

The project – known as Gesture Recognition in Aphasia Therapy (GReAT) – will run for 18 months. It plans to test the prototype via 30 of the Stroke Association’s Stroke Clubs in the London area. Volunteers will use the system, explore its capabilities and report back to the project team, while workshops for aphasia therapists will explain how the system works and its potential benefits. People with aphasia will also be employed as consultants during the development of the technology, to ensure that it is fit for purpose.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

INTERNATIONAL APHASIA MOVEMENT (IAM) PROGRAMS FOR 2010 / 2011


Aphasia NYC

IAM/ BETH ISRAEL MEDICAL CENTER
Department of Neurology
Operates from September 27 to June 20, 2011
10 Union Square South
NYC, NY
This program is FREE
Co-Survivors / Caregivers are welcome
Meets two times per month
6 PM - 8 PM
Contact:  Harvey Alter
212-217-2610
IAM/ INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR THE DISABLED (ICD)
340 East 24th Street
NYC, NY
This program is FREE
Co-Survivors / Caregivers are welcome
Meets every Tuesday from 5 PM - 7 PM
Meets all year Long
Contact: Harvey Alter
212-217-2610
IAM/ SAINT LUKE'S CHURCH
Corner of Christopher St. and Hudson Street
NYC   NY
This program is FREE
Co-Survivors / Caregivers are welcome
Meet one Saturday per month
10 AM - 2 PM
This is 4 Hour Speech Clinic,
 that serves lunch Complimentary Lunch
Contact: Harvey Alter
212-217-2610
IAM/ MARYMOUNT COLLEGE
221 East 71 Street
NYC/ NY
This program is FREE
Co-Survivors/ Caregivers are welcome
Meets one Saturday per month
10 AM - 2 PM
This is a 4 Hour Speech Clinic,
 that serves Complimentary Lunch
Contact: Harvey Alter
212-217-2610
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Sunday, August 15, 2010

APHASIA GROUP AT ICD 8-17-2010

Aphasia NYC

TUESDAY NIGHT IS APHASIA and STROKE NIGHT AT ICD
Dr Dorothy Ross, CCC/SLP
will lead a discussion group at the August groups that will deal with topics including Aphasia, Stroke and improving your communication skills and reasoning.
Our regular support/speech therapy sessions will begin meeting again on September 14, 2010.
EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT FROM 5PM TO 7PM
Our next group is
TUESDAY, August 17, 2010
at ICD in the Cafeteria
ICD's Address is
340 East 24th Street
New York, NY 10010
(212) 585-6080
at 24th Street and First Avenue
Co-Survivors and Family Members are urged to attend
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT
INTERNATIONAL APHASIA MOVEMENT
Harvey Alter (212) 217-2610
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Friday, August 13, 2010

The Aphasia Communication Cafe 8-13-10


News Update on the Aphasia Communication Cafe
The Online Aphasia Communication Cafe is a Success !!
In the past, having aphasia caused social isolation - but not anymore!  People with aphasia are now chatting with other people with aphasia about everyday life: kids, grandkids, movies, even politics.  They are meeting new people and making new friends from all over the US, Canada and the world.  They have joined the social network on the  Online Aphasia Communication Café .

They are using the simplicity of videoconferencing ( www.oovoo.com ) to accomplish this from the comfort of their own homes.  Please feel free to contact Bill Connors should you have any questions or comments -- bill@aphasiatoolbox.com or 724-494-2534.

The following is the consumer information about the cafés available on our online calendar http://aphasiatoolbox.com/calendar/calendar.htm use the agenda view and click on the group title on the calendar:

Here is a summary of currently available cafés;

Monday 7 pm  est -- 8 pm est   Host Janet Ross, Alberta Canada
Tuesday 11 am est - noon est  Host Paul Berger, Falls Church VA ( www.strokesurvivor.com )
Wednesday  3 pm -- 4 pm est   Host Adam Miller , Bronx NY
Thursday 9 am est - 10 am est Host  Mary Smith, Eugene OR
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