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Aphasia Support Group – CarolinaEast Medical Center

What: CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital is offering a support group for people affected by aphasia, or loss of expressive and/or receptive language, following stroke or other brain injury.

When: First Monday of each month, at 12 noon in the CarolinaEast Rehabilitation Hospital conference room.

Who: Those affected by aphasia as well as any family members, caregivers, friends that would like to join. The group session will be led by a speech-language pathologist.

Please join us for an opportunity to improve communication skills, provide and receive support, and enjoy socialization. Refreshments provided.


Hope After Stroke for Caregivers and Survivors: The Holistic Guide to Getting Your Life Back


Hope After Stroke is an easy-to-read, essential and evidence-based resource guide filled with stories of successful stroke “thrivers”  that will empower caregivers and survivors  at each step of recovery. You will learn simple practical tools and strategies to use in the hospital, upon homecoming,  re-entering your community and workplace. Hope After Stroke will help you find the hope, certainty and resolve needed for recovery.

You will discover how to:

  • Implement simple strategies and routines to develop resourcefulness and the mindset needed for long-term recovery
  • Communicate more easily and effectively even with aphasia
  • Establish daily practices to improve memory
  • Activate and apply the five known qualities successful Thrivers use to recover and find meaning and purpose in their lives after stroke
  • Reduce or eliminate anxiety without medication, residential settings, clinics, home care and finally back into the community and workplace.
  • Develop rituals of self-care that are scientifically proven to improve brain function and overall wellbeing
  • Ask candid questions about sex and seek resources for sexual issues post stroke
  • Seek and obtain the best rehabilitative services by effectively communicating with insurance providers, doctors and therapists to maximize recovery and much, much more!


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The Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment and Education (PIRATE)

Alison Stepp, SLP, LCMC Rehabilitation Services


The AAC Speech Clinic, LLC was founded in March 2018 by Katherine Wallisch M.S., CCC-SLP/L a Speech-Language Pathologist who specializes in Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) and is passionate about working with families on how to augment communication for individuals with complex communication needs. 

We at The AAC Speech Clinic, LLC are proud to offer what we call an Early Supported Discharge Service for patients who have suffered a stroke and now have aphasia.

This service is to assure that our patients continue to receive quality care within the comforts of their own home in order to assist with generalization and integration of their new voice in their natural environment.

How the Therapy Program works:

• Patients are seen at home weekly for 3 months.

Upon completion if patient is ready to be discharged then they are moved to our quarterly monitoring program for up to 1 year.

This program assure that our patients ALWAYS have access to a qualified AAC Specialist Speech-Language Pathologist.



Speech & Language Assessment: A thorough Speech & Language Assessment is conducted using a variety of informal and criterion referenced assessments in order to gauge your communication abilities. This is a one hour session in the clinic/home.

AAC Evaluation: This can include low-tech (non-speech generating), mid-tech or high-tech AAC. This assessment can take up to 2.5 hours. Depending on AAC Specialist requirements for this assessment is conducted either in home or in clin-ic.

Communication Device Trial: Based on the outcome of the two previous assessments the AAC Specialist (SLP) will then conduct a 4-week trial period with a variety of devices in order to tailor the most efficient communication method for our patients unique communication needs.

Prescription of device: The final step is prescribing the device in order to finally give functional communication to increase activity and community participation to our patients.




Aphasia Conversation of Wilmington,NC

Apahsia Conversation of Wilmington, NC is a peer support group that started up in 2081 for people with Aphasia.  The group meets every Monday from 1:00PM- 4:00PM at the First Baptist Activity Center ,1939 Independence  Blvd, Wilmington, NC  The group is supported by the New Hanover Regional Medical Center- Post Stroke Care Unit.  Our contact is Erika Yourkewicz.  We advertise in all available venues.   The activities include breakout groups to discuss a variety of  topics.  We have interactive guest speakers such as a music therapist and a yoga instructor.  We play various interactive group games.  The group includes all levels of aphasia.

We have a monthly luncheon at a different restaurant each month that the group decides on.  If you have any questions or want to become a member please contact MaryAnn Fiume 910-821-1346.

Abrazo Central Campus Functional Communication Group-New Hope for Stroke Survivors and Others



Where | Abrazo Central Campus Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Conference Room

                                   2000 W. Bethany Home Road, Phoenix AZ 85015

When |     The first Wednesday of the month, 6:30-7:30pm

Who |     Any individuals and/or caregivers that are affected by conditions or diagnoses that impact a person’s ability to effectively and independently communicate. Including but not limited to: Parkinson’s, Stroke (Ischemic & Hemorrhagic), ALS, patients with dysarthria, and/or expressive/receptive aphasia.

What to Expect |     To offer support to others in our community, to offer additional strategies that may facilitate ongoing recovery and increased independence, and to foster a safe and understanding environment to put those strategies to use. This group will be designed in part by its members. We will have monthly themes to discuss and to structure the group, but the primary focus will be on providing support and tools for the members and caregivers. Light refreshments are offered.

Aphasia Support Group of Rochester

The Aphasia Support Group of Rochester meets on the third Thursday of every month of the year from 4:30-6:00pm. The group is open to individuals with aphasia and their families, friends and caregivers, and is facilitated by speech-language pathologists.  The format includes general group discussion as well as informational speakers on topics of interest.  The meetings are generally held in the York Wellness and Rehabilitation building on the  Nazareth College campus, 4245 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14618.  There is no cost to attend the meetings. Please contact Suzanne Johnston at 585-314-1807 or email [email protected], or Heather Coles at 585-389-2772 or email at [email protected] if you would like more information.

Shaylin Schundler, MS, CCC-SLP

Shaylin Schundler is a licensed SLP in New Jersey who’s focus is in Aphasia, Dysphagia, Dysarthria, and Cancer Rehabilitation. She received her BA in Linguistics with a minor in Biology from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and her Masters in Speech Language Pathology from New York Medical College in New York. She works at Kessler in Jersey City, where she has launched the center’s speech pathology program. Kessler – Jersey City is the only Kessler Rehabilitation Center in Hudson County that offers speech pathology services. Kessler is a leading provider of rehabilitation services in NJ and has been ranked as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Rehabilitation By US News & World Report for more than 25 years.

Shaylin is passionate about language and the brain and works hard to improve her clients’ functionality and quality of life through evidence based practice.

See Shaylin’s Kessler bio here:

Shaylin Schundler Kessler Bio

To contact or make an appointment with Shaylin, email or call at:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 201-792-2582


MC Voice & Speech Center

MC Voice and Speech Center dedicates its practice to providing online speech therapy services. As a result, we give voice to people who can’t communicate effectively.

MC Voice and Speech Center offers convenient access to aphasia treatment in English and Spanish. Telepractice provides flexible scheduling without travel.

Using a sophisticated teaching webconferencing platform similar to Skype or Facetime, speech therapy becomes easily accessible. All you need is a computer or tablet with a camera and microphone.

Researchers have found few differences between telepractice and in-person services. Most clients feel very satisfied with telepractice services. Read more about telepractice on our website:

Our caring, clinically trained speech therapists use proven treatment plans, helping words flow and confidence soar. Because our SLPs emphasize adaptive, cutting edge strategies tailored to each client’s needs, our clients frequently experience enhanced personal relationships and less isolation.

Most importantly, our speech pathologists create a safe place for clients to rebuild language skills and practice conversational communication. Online communication groups are available to assist with developing conversational skills and meeting other Stroke survivors.

Get started now by scheduling an evaluation through our online calendar!