- a·pha·sia noun \ə-ˈfā-zh(ē-)ə\
- Aphasia is a LANGUAGE disorder typically caused by a stroke. It makes using and processing language difficult, including speaking, listening comprehension, reading and writing. Aphasia does not affect intellect or cognitive skills in any way.
Programs for Aphasia
The TalkSpot provides continuing speech therapy support and education to individuals living with aphasia as well as their families. Programming focuses on enhancing speech, language and communication skills by providing opportunities for meaningful conversations within The TalkSpot community as well as supporting our members within the larger community. In addition, The TalkSpot strives to educate the general public about aphasia and creates opportunities for its’ members to participate in community advocacy work.
The Aphasia Program at The TalkSpot goes far beyond the traditional 1:1 treatment sessions typically provided in the early stages following stroke. Our philosophy, known as "The Life Participation Approach," looks at how aphasia impacts all aspects of a person's life, with group and individual speech therapy designed to:
- Optimize everyday communication
- Create a supportive, social, therapeutic community
- Re-engage in a full life with aphasia
People with aphasia can continue to improve their communication abilities well beyond the typical 6 months of therapy covered by Medicare and insurance companies. The Life Participation Approach allows for ongoing speech therapy services for people living with aphasia, and education and support for their families.
Visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association site for more information about The Life Participation Approach.
Clients join a variety of groups according to their interests and needs. A sampling of our groups include: book discussions, communication strategies, computers, current events, photography, music, drama, games and travel. Our most popular group has been an open-ended conversation group where clients have the opportunity to practice communication skills in a welcoming and supportive community and to help one another. Research in the area of aphasia groups has shown this method of therapy brings significant improvement in communication skills as clients support one another and engage in meaningful conversations. Language recovery works best when topics are personally-relevant and when there is an authentic reason to communicate.
Our Members continue to plan Outings and Special Projects, enjoying such activities as teaching High School Psychology classes about aphasia and community visits, such as our trip to The Museum of Modern Art.