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Brain Buddy

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Brain Buddy

Brain Buddy is a 501(c3) non-profit offering help to people with aphasia and their families/carers.  We serve people with aphasia in  Boulder and surrounding areas such as Louisville, Lafayette, Broomfield, and Longmont.  Some participants even travel from South Denver.

Our Afternoon Aphasia Program is designed to encourage self confidence, new learning, and well being.  The program changes depending on the interests of the participants.   The 13-week program is offered 2 times per year. The cost is $379 for 13 sessions and scholarships are available!

In 2017-2018, our program was based in Boulder.  Because of demand, we are looking to move to eastern Boulder or Broomfield counties.  So, please check with us about where we meet.

Rachel Fiore

Who I Am

My name is Rachel Fiore, M.S. CCC-SLP. I am a speech-language pathologist specializing in aphasia. My education includes a B.A from the University of Chicago and an M.S. from the University of Arizona. I treat patients at University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. I also founded and facilitate a stroke support group at UMC called “Different Strokes.”


Who I Treat

I evaluate and treat anyone who has difficulty communicating or thinking due to an injury, illness, or accident. Most of my patients have trouble speaking because of a stroke. For those patients, I also run a free support group twice a month.


How to Get Treatment

To schedule a visit, you will need a referral from your doctor. Have your doctor fax their referral to University Medical Center- New Orleans. Once your referral has been faxed, a scheduling professional will call you to schedule an appointment.




Frederick Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation

Frederick Memorial Hospital Rehabilitation is dedicated to providing private, outpatient speech therapy services to adults in Frederick County and the surrounding area. Peter McCarthy, M.S., CCC-SLP, graduated from Loyola University with a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. After an intital evaluation, Peter will devise the appropriate plan of care based on your needs and goals. During and after your treatment, Peter will communicate issues, concerns, and progress with you and your provider.

Peter’s experience includes the evaluation and treatment of patients with a variety of diagnoses for the adult neuro population including those with speech, language, cognitive communication, and swallowing disorders. He is certified in both VitalStim and the LSVT LOUD® program.

Peter McCarthy, M.S., CCC-SLP

If you are interested in setting up an appointment or have any questions, do not hesitate to call 301-418-6434.

Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery

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You are not alone. We are here to help!

If you or a loved one has experienced a brain injury, stroke, or concussion, there is a place to go for affordable continued rehabilitation, education, support, and a community that understands.

Schurig Center for Brain Injury Recovery provides services designed to help improve the quality of life for acquired brain injury survivors and their families in Marin, Sonoma, and the San Francisco Bay Area. We are a nonprofit, post-acute therapeutic center offering an array of affordable rehabilitative and supportive services designed to help individuals achieve their maximum level of potential and independence.

Below are just a few of the services Schurig Center provides:

Aphasia Communication Group
This 10-week program, facilitated by a licensed speech therapist, provides the opportunity for individuals who have experienced a stroke or other neurological impairment to practice and develop communication and cognitive skills in a supportive environment. Each participant will be evaluated to assess his or her unique needs and to set personal goals. Topics include: engaging in conversation, body language, communication strategies, listening skills, connections with friends, family, and your community.For current cost and schedule, visit

Support Groups for Adults Living with Brain Injury
This support group is designed to serve adults with any form of acquired brain injury. Coping strategies are identified and practiced. Topics covered include: handling emotions and impulses, improving memory and focus, creating a daily routine and schedule, managing stress, increase problem-solving ability, accessing resources, improving communication skills, learning about the brain. For current cost and schedule, visit

Family and Caregiver Support Group
At Schurig Center, we recognize the enormous pressures and risks of family caregiving…burnout, compromised health, depression and depletion of financial resources. This is a daily reality for millions of American families and it poses a great strain on the caregiver, many of whom are struggling to balance work and family responsibilities. This group provides a supportive, educational environment to enhance the caregiver’s and family members’ understanding of the cognitive, emotional and life changes resulting from a brain injury. For the current schedule, visit

Brain Injury Information Handbook
Schurig Center is pleased to present a helpful, comprehensive brain injury handbook – a guide for survivors and families as they navigate through their journey toward recovery after an acquired brain injury, from hospital to home. For more info and to download a free copy, visit

For a complete list of our current services, visit

Cognitive Disorders Center, UT Health Austin

The Cognitive Disorders Center at the Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences, UT Health Austin provides assessment and treatment for individuals with dementia and other kinds of neurodegenerative disease. The in-house speech-language pathologist specializes in assessment and treatment of aphasia and other communication impairment in individuals with dementia or neurodegenerative disease. The speech-language pathologist collaborates with other members of the care team, including neurologists, psychiatrists, social workers, nurses, and neuropsychologists, to ensure that treatment is individualized to meet the communication needs of each patient.

See more information about our services at the flyer below:

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Word of Mouth

Annalise Mayerson is the Founder and CEO of Word of Mouth, a Manhattan based private practice dedicated to improving the lives of individuals diagnosed with speech, language, cognitive, voice and swallowing impairments.

Annalise is a compassionate, medically-based speech language pathologist licensed in New York State and is accredited by the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) and the National Aphasia Association. Annalise received a B.S in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Vermont, and a M.S in Speech Language Pathology from Northeastern University, where she was elected president of her graduate program.

Annalise’s mission is to empower clients and their families through highly individualized and functional treatment plans. Services and evaluations are provided in the home or other preferred setting.


Krempels Center: New Life After Brain Injury

Krempels Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of people living with brain injury from trauma, tumor or stroke.  In partnership with universities and community volunteers, we offer programs that engage our members in meaningful and productive experiences and provide ongoing support and resources to survivors and their families

Krempels Center provides classes and support groups within a vibrant community setting, with ample opportunity for peer support and building social connections.

Programming is designed by professional staff who understand the unique needs of brain injury survivors.  Krempels Center members have the opportunity to provide on-going input into program development.  The Center offers personal development and education opportunities in the following therapeutic areas:

  • Functional and cognitive skill building
  • Social and communication skills
  • Mental health
  • Physical wellness
  • Community connections
  • Creative expression and recreation

In addition, Krempels Center offers:

  • Support with personal goal attainment
  • Assistance connecting with community resources
  • Resources and support for family members

Krempels Center recognizes that family members also live with the effects of brain injury and have unique needs, separate from those of brain injury survivors.  Family caregivers are a vital part of the Krempels Center community.  Compassionate and knowledgeable staff are available to provide support and resource information to families in need.

One of the best ways to learn about Krempels Center is to hear our members talk about their experience:

…or contact us to schedule a visit! 


Eastern NM Stroke, Brain Injury; Aphasia Language Therapy; Support

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Aphasia Evaluation, Aphasia Support, Aphasia Therapy, Stroke, Brain Injury, are provided at the ENMU Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation Outreach Center (SHROC). At the SHROC, we serve as a regional diagnostic and treatment center to help clients of all ages with diverse communication disorders. Our clinical services are available to the general public and are provded by both ENMU faculty and CDIS graduate students under the supervision of a certified and licensed CCC-SLP (speech-language pathologist) or CCC-A (audiologist).

Dr. Adrienne Bratcher, SLP.D, CCC-SLP, NAA affiliate is one of the certified and licensed (NM and TX) SLPs on site who specializes in aphasia and treating those who have suffered from a stroke or brain injury.

Speech-Language Services

Our speech-language services include diagnosis and treatment of these disorders and difficulties:

  • Articulation (difficulty pronouncing words due to apraxia, dysarthria, structural/anatomical differences, traditional/phonological delays/disorders and/or other etiologies)
  • Receptive/Expressive Language (difficulty understanding and using language due to developmental delays, learning disabilities or aphasia following a stroke or brain injury)
  • Swallowing (difficulty chewing or swallowing due to developmental delays, structural/anatomical differences or following a stroke or accident)
  • Fluency (stuttering)
  • Voice (difficulty with pitch, quality, loudness or hyper/hyponasality of the voice)
  • Aural Habilitation/Rehabilitation (learning to use your hearing to the best of your ability and/or learning to compensate for loss of hearing)
  • CAPD/LPD Training (learning to process auditory and/or linguistic input)
  • Accent/Dialect Reduction (reducing native dialects to approximate Standard American English pronunciation)

We house a full speech science lab, and can also provide endoscopic and stroboscopic assessment of voice, swallowing and resonance. We also provide Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) services.

The Speech and Hearing Rehabilitation Outreach Center also provides services to clients with hearing impairments, deafness, autism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities, cognitive impairments and developmental delays, as well as those who have suffered brain injury, stroke or other tissue damaging accidents. We additionally provide services for people who have acquired progressive neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s.

We look forward to serving you and meeting your needs in Aphasia Evaluation, Aphasia Support, Aphasia Therapy, Stroke, Brain Injury.

Our Support Group will begin meeting on Wednesdays at 2:00pm, January 31, 2018. Come join us or call or email [email protected] for more information.

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Please fill the form below to register. – New pathways for speech recovery

New Pathways for Speech Recovery 

 Program author and designer, STM speech coach bridges the gap between clinicians and families to help people recover from aphasia and apraxia.   The author, Barbara Dean Schacker, discovered how to trigger speech pathways from early childhood through touch.  Stroke Family is a project of Pathways Publishing, the company that publishes the Whole Speech Practice Kit.  This kit includes online software programs with down-loads, guides and the new Speech Recovery Solutions series.  Barbara also does online Sensory Trigger speech recovery coaching using Skype and other video conferencing apps.

The beginning of a new method

Originally, she set out to find a way to communicate to her global aphasic father.  Her father, Vernon Keller Dean, (who was declared “untreatable”) could only say a few words due to a massive stroke, even though he had two years of speech therapy.

After making a set of picture cards, she devised a non-verbal communication system for him. The cards were laid out on the table to form a “picture command”.  Vernon showed he understood by pointing to an object with his left hand.  He then learned how to pick up the cards with his left hand and place them or string the cards together to ask for ice cream or a ride in her car.  Soon he started to say the words on the card.  That is, he could now repeat the words after she said the words that went with the cards along with him.  She laid out, “Vernon draw cup”  and then,  “Vernon write cup”.

So he made cartoons and copied words in his notebook.  He drew two eggs and bacon and pointed to it to tell his wife, Mable, that he wanted eggs and bacon for breakfast.  Vernon practiced every day.  As a result, 18 months later, he said his first spontaneous word: “Mars”.  More words came back one by one.  When Barbara came to visit he looked at her with a big grin and said, “Amazing!”  He went on to say over 700 words and consequently became confident going to the bank, the grocery store or on the bus by himself.  In addition, he became an artist with his left hand.

Years later, Barbara quit her job to do brain research in order to find out why this had worked.  Suddenly, she had the idea to design a computer program.  She wanted to see if she could duplicate her success with others. It was the beginning of a life-long career.  At the time, she didn’t know she was actually going to invent a whole new method for speech recovery.  She would call it the “Sensory Trigger Method” because she had learned from the research that multi-sensory learning (using all three senses) was very powerful.  Read the whole story.

What is the Sensory Trigger Method?

The Sensory Trigger Method uses touch along with sound and pictures to make new pathways in the brain for speech.  With daily practice, the touch signals make new pathways in the brain for speech.  The person learns to talk in ways linked to early childhood development.  As you can imagine, this works well with children as well as adults. For more information request this free e-book.

Each program draws from over 1600 Core Words.  We start with the easiest words to say. Then the content in each program expands to more challenging expressions.  For example, we add words to make two-word phrases, then three-word sentences and so on.  The three programs are “Let’s Talk”, “Speech Bridge” and “Speech Tree”.  These programs are unique because they can be edited for individual needs and have matching printable speech practice materials to go with them.

Our new course “Affirmations for Speech Recovery” is an activity that’s a big hit with our clients.  It helps overcome negative subconscious beliefs and learned helplessness, while encouraging them to stay motivated.  Affirmations give them hope for the future.  It’s speech practice that actually improves their mood and outlook on life.  The program has 7 levels, starting with single syllable words and progresses to up to 11 word sentences using more complex vocabulary.  It is the first of a new series of short programs, called the “Sensory Trigger Speech Recovery Solutions” series.

The Pathway to Speech Recovery guide is included in the portal.  This is included free from  along with many other guides and resources.  This guide explains how to do the method in detail and how to address problems that block speech like depression and “aphasia stage fright”.  People learn how to say what they need, what they want and what they need in the online sessions.  Other free items include the Core Words “talking dictionary”, Daily Activities for Speech Recovery, a Caregiver Guide, as well as a Brain Food guide that explains a special healthy diet and supplements for brain recovery.

Is this method clinically tested for speech therapy?

Yes!  The method is clinically tested and has a long successful track record in being a positive adjunct to speech therapy–particularly for those who have not benefited from speech therapy or are having trouble progressing.  Validation center:  UC Davis Medical School, Speech and Hearing Dept. in 1991.  People who no longer progressed in speech therapy did remarkably well.  100% of them regained some level of speech and enough improvement that they were able to return to a higher level of speech therapy.  The method can easily be blended into any speech therapy approach and other speech therapy programs.

Our method is award-winning!

Also in 1991, the programs won an award from Johns Hopkins University for being the first software designed for speech therapy that used the new natural voice technology.  This ran on an Apple IIe with an Echo voice box and Edmark’s touch window.  Back then, this was a big deal!  Since then, this award-winning method has continued to evolve and incorporate new findings and insights from continued research.

Share our success!

The Whole Speech Practice Kit  is a down-to-earth self-help system for home or rehab or in addition to individual speech therapy.  It contains programs, courses, instructional videos and links to free resources. The kit is easily accessed and operated by just about anyone.  The programs in the Sensory Trigger Speech Recovery Portal are often combined with the excellent video speech coaching over the Internet.  This provides everything you need for intensive and self-paced long-term speech recovery.  Over 90% say their first new words and sentences in our Sensory Trigger Speech Coaching Sessions online.   Stroke survivors can then continue on their own using the programs and courses in the Portal.

Hear what our clients have said about their breakthroughs.  We are proud of our long track record of Success Stories.

In 2008, Barbara’s husband suffered a massive brain injury that wiped out almost all of his left hemisphere.  After a life-saving surgery, Michael was diagnosed with severe aphasia and apraxia.  The neurological team at Albany Medical Center in New York, said, “There will be no speech even with speech therapy because he simply doesn’t have enough brain left.”  Barbara started working with him while he was still in a coma.  She used the method in the ICU when he was unresponsive when doctors and nurses asked him a simple question.  Using the Sensory Trigger, she was able to get responses from him, amazing the staff and doctors.  Then the staff was allowed to adopt the method themselves for future use by the hospital.  It was the beginning of a journey that ironically brought about more sophisticated techniques based on neuroplasticity.  Step-by-step Michael regained his ability to communicate, being able to say spontaneous sentences on his own at 18 months post TBI.  He recoverd enough language skills to help with the publication of his second book, “Global Awakening, New Science and the 21st Century Enlightenment.  Watch video clips as Michael progressed through the stages of recovery. Read about his amazing recovery story here.

Please visit the website or call toll-free 1-855-585-5350 for more information and free tips and watch the video below!


Speech-Language & Hearing Associates of Greater Boston, PC

Speech-Language & Hearing Associates of Greater Boston has been providing evaluation and treatment of aphasia to adults in greater Boston since August , 2000. We are a group practice of licensed speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and occupational therapists. We also provide evaluation and treatment of other communicative disorders in adults (e.g., dyspraxia, dysarthria, Parkinson’s Disease). We address speech, language, reading , writing, social pragmatics, and problem solving skills. Our intensive individual therapies are holistic in approach, focused on improving patient communication, family interaction, and quality of life.

We are open 6 days a week year-round, with two convenient locations in Medfield and  Plainville, MA. Visit our website: We accept most insurances and Medicare.

Contact: Maura G. Marks, Ph.D., Au.D., CCC-A/SLP, FAAA

Speech-Language & Hearing Associates of Greater Boston, PC
5 North Meadows Rd., Medfield, MA 02052
Phone: (508) 359-4532
30 Man-Mar Drive, Unit 4
Plainville, MA 02762
(508) 695-6848