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National Aphasia Awareness Month

NATIONAL APHASIA AWARENESS MONTH JUNE 2014

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Proclamations     Activity Ideas     Host Group     June Celebrations

Click here to download and print the poster!*
*(Theme developed and Poster designed with the help of The Big Sky Aphasia Program in Missoula, MT)

JUNE 2014 PROCLAIMED AS NATIONAL APHASIA AWARENESS MONTH!

Thank you to Senators Tim Johnson (D-SD) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) for co-sponsoring S.Res.464, which declares June 2014 as National Aphasia Awareness Month!

Click here to view the Resolution

City & State Proclamations

Baltimore, MD
(Thanks to SCALE Baltimore!)

Maryland
(Thanks to SCALE Baltimore!)

Missoula, MT
(Thanks to Big Sky Aphasia Program!)

Missouri
(Thanks to NAA Staff Member Amy Hsiao!)

Philadephia, PA
(Thanks to Whitney Postman!)

Puerto Rico
(Thanks to María Adenies Centeno Vázquez!)

If you were able to obtain a proclamation and it's not on this list, email us at naa@aphasia.org
Want to get a jumpstart for 2015?  Click here for information about how to do it!

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Need some ideas on how to celebrate National Aphasia Awareness Month?
Check out this year's list!

Awareness Activities List
Aphasia Friendly Ideas

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Meet The Big Sky Aphasia Program
Missoula, MT
Host Group of Aphasia Awareness Month

Big Sky Aphasia Program Members

 

The mission of the Big Sky Aphasia Program (BSAP) at the University of Montana is to provide high-quality, cost-effective, research-driven speech and language therapy to individuals with aphasia and associated deficits resulting from stroke and traumatic brain injury, while serving as a clinical training facility for graduate student clinicians who attend the Communicative Sciences and Disorders program at the University of Montana.

Program Principles and Goals

·         All individuals with aphasia can benefit from intensive speech-language therapy, regardless of aphasia type, severity, or time post-onset.

·          Speech-language therapy interventions must be grounded in current evidence of best practices and based upon principles of neurobiological recovery.

·         Treatment should be individualized and incorporate client values, interests, and skills.

·          Caregiver education, training, and support are vital components of effective aphasia therapy.

·          Aphasia treatment should include a variety of service delivery modules including individual, group, and computer-based therapies.

Aphasia Community Group

We offer a weekly group session for individuals with aphasia during the fall, spring, and summer academic semesters. Group treatment includes small and large conversation groups and support for the person with aphasia. The Aphasia Community Group occasionally hosts guest speakers or therapists from other disciplines.  Periodically, we offer a caregiver support group that occurs at the same time as the Aphasia Community group. We expect to offer an ongoing, regularly scheduled caregiver support, training, and education group in the near future.

Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Programs

We currently offer an intensive comprehensive aphasia program (ICAP) for individuals with aphasia and/or apraxia of speech resulting from stroke or traumatic brain injury. This intensive comprehensive aphasia program includes individual, small group, and computer-assisted therapy, as well as weekly caregiver education and support meetings. During the fall semester, participants receive speech and language therapy three hours per day, three days per week, for a total of 36 hours of therapy. During the summer program, participants receive speech and language therapy four hours per day, four days per week, for four weeks, resulting in a total of 64 hours of therapy. Prior to beginning the intensive aphasia program, participants receive a speech and language evaluation to determine their individual strengths and needs. The program culminates with post-treatment testing and a final conference to discuss progress and to make recommendations for home programming and further services.

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June Celebrations Around the USA and Beyond!

 

Aphasia Awareness in Puerto Rico!

María Adenies Centeno Vázquez, PhD, CCC-SLP and her Grad Students at the Univerisity of Puerto Rico spread aphasia awareness by giving out information and obtaining a Proclamation!

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Cowboy Aphasia Camp
Oklahoma

Jim G, one of the campers this year, spread awareness by wearing the NAA's T-shirt!  The rest of the campers spread information about aphasia via a scavenger hunt!

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How you are celebrating National Aphasia Awareness Month?  Email a brief summary and photos to us at naa@aphasia.org.

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Proclaim Aphasia Awareness Month in your City or State!

While the NAA is busy working on getting National Aphasia Awareness Month proclaimed on a National level, we rely on supporters such as you to contact your local representatives to have it proclaimed on a local level.

First, you need to find and contact your local government official.  For a city proclamation, you will most likely need to contact the Mayor's office.  In order to have it proclaimed on a state level, you may contact a member of Congress or the office of the Governor.

Next, they will ask for the wording.  Here are sample proclamations that you may download and send to the proper goverment officials.
Sample City Proclamation 2014
Sample State Proclamation 2014

Last, let us know when it's been accomplished so that we can spread the news!  Email us at naa@aphasia.org.