SPARC Aphasia Therapy
SPARC Speech and Swallowing therapy services
Hi! I’m Urvi- the founder of SPARC Health. SPARC was created with the mission of providing specialized speech, swallowing, language, voice and cognitive therapy to adults in the state of Washington. I strongly focus on clients affected by strokes or Parkinson’s disease. Clients outside King county can choose to participate in therapy online and in person sessions as recommended. Medicare, private payment options, Premera, Regence and most commercial plans are accepted.
Focus on Aphasia
I was profoundly inspired to join the profession when I saw the frustration and distress my closest aunt suffered from after she had a large stroke at the age of 42. She was diagnosed with Broca’s aphasia- a condition that severely limited her ability to elicit words. The sheer joy of saying her son’s name, the ability to ask for a glass of water and the immense relief knowing she could make her needs known as a result of speech therapy was life altering. As a family member I know how challenging this loss of communication can be.
My goal is to provide the community with affordable care in the comfort of their homes and hope to bring a better quality of life to my patients and their families.
After receiving my Master’s degree in Speech pathology from Boston University in 2013, I have had the privilege of working with clients from ages 2 to 103! I strongly believe that there is no single cookie cutter program designed for any speech, language, swallowing or voice disorder. Each plan of care is made taking into account strong evidence based practice, cost factors, support systems and caregiver abilities at home and the establishment of a trusting relationship between the therapist, client and their caregivers. That is why I offer a free 15 minute consultation prior to screening, comprehensive assessment or treatment session to see if SPARC health is the right fit for you.
I moved to the Pacific Northwest in 2015 to be with my family and friends and have loved every minute of it. I love to travel the world, experiment with International cuisine and living a healthy lifestyle. My family and friends call me a chatterbox- but I guess that’s why I’m a speech therapist!
Meaningful Memory Maker
WE ARE A COMPANY DEDICATED TO HELPING PEOPLE ENHANCE/MAINTAIN THEIR SKILLS AS THEY AGE
OUR PHILOSOPHY: We believe wellness addresses not only physical well-being but also communicative, emotional, and social well-being. We support the life participation approach to communication enhancement. Enhanced communication, thinking skills, and self-care skills improve one’s quality of life and independence.
OUR MISSION: To provide individuals and caregivers with the tools and education they need to enhance personal self-care and physical abilities while encouraging communication, engagement, and socialization through meaningful interaction.
We specialize in reminiscence as an avenue to promote communication and social engagement.
Our Products: Provide support for individuals and their caregivers, while fostering communication enhancement through personally relevant, entertaining activities.
- Movies and Music offers tools to stimulate memories and conversation through interactive viewing of classic movie musicals. Whether you’re a rehabilitation professional, classroom teacher, or family looking to reminisce, this is a fun and engaging activity for everyone.
- The ABOUT Books: Are personalized memory books that fill in every area of need. Everyone working with your loved one will have the tools they need to more effectively complete daily care. We also include photos and personal history to increase communication, build meaningful relationships, and promote independence.
- A Personal Family History of Lasting Memories: A book of photographs and stories that spans the life and growth of your family. A beautiful keepsake of lasting memories
- The Lasting Memories Video Greeting: A beautiful video of your most cherished family photos/memories surrounding, birthdays, holidays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and Graduations, that you can share with all of your family members
Rehab Without Walls
We offer an evidence-based, person-centered, meaningful approach to meet our patient’s communication and life goals. We work with our patients, their families, and their support teams to help them re-learn the skills needed to succeed in daily life.
Our strategies include, but are not limited to:
- Communication treatment
- Social communication strategies
- Task training
- Strategy training
- Drills and practice training
- Learning strategies to help problem-solving, reasoning, and organizational skills
Our Speech Therapist have the skills to assist our patients and their support teams to improve their quality of life, increase their independence, improve their self-esteem and to better communicate their thoughts, feelings, and ideas.
MedRhythms: Neurologic Music Therapy
MedRhythms is a comprehensive neuro-rehab company that provides neurologic music therapy specializing in the use of music to induce brain plasticity and aid in neuro-recovery. MedRhythms has conducted nearly 20,000 hours of direct patient care through in-home care and contracting with facilities in the Northeast. The company built the program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, the #3 Rehabilitation Hospital in the U.S. and Harvard Medical School affiliate, in Boston. This program is now the most comprehensive program of its kind in the country.
COVID-19 has made its impact on the world, and if there’s one thing we’ve learned, it’s that people still need access to care. MedRhythms has built our teletherapy services in an effort to reach all of those dealing with the impacts of their conditions from home.
We have become a NAA affiliate because of the great success we having in using neurologic music therapy with clients who have aphasia. If you or a loved one have aphasia and haven’t tried neurologic music therapy, we encourage you to contact us! We are here to help!
I Ally: the free app providing resources to Millennial Caregivers
What is I Ally?
After her father suffered a debilitating stroke, Founder Lucinda Koza became his sole caregiver at age 32. Suffering from isolation and a lack of resources and advocacy, Lucinda decided to create an app for other young caregivers, so that she could help stop others from having to go through what she experienced. I Ally connects its users with easy access to Telehealth, a database of providers for both the caregiver and patient (including speech therapists and speech language pathologists), administrative advocacy through a partnership with Backpack Health, financial & legal counsel, and unparalleled peer support. One of Lucinda’s biggest passions is advocating for caregivers to practice speech therapy at home if their parent has aphasia. In order to do this, Lucinda seeks to provide as much in-home practice as possible and educate young caregivers about significant their role is. See more on our website here.
Sign up for the I Ally Web App!
If you would like to be a provider or are interested in helping I Ally have a bigger impact, contact Lucinda Koza at email@example.com.
Speech Language Voice & Swallowing
Who we are:
SLVS Therapy is a privately owned company located in Houston, TX founded by Emily Roll, M.S., CCC-SLP. SLVS Therapy provides local speech therapy services in the Houston area for adults with aphasia. Emily has 6+ years experience working with pediatric and adult clients. Emily graduated with her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders in 2014 from The University of Texas at Austin. Emily received her M.S. from New York University. Emily has experience working in outpatient clinics, home heath, schools, skilled nursing facilities, and hospitals.
Emily specializes in treating adults with aphasia using evidenced-based treatments. Emily provides speech therapy in the comfort of your home or online (telepractice/telethrapy). SLVS therapy encourages family involvement, as communication involves the speaker and the listener.
Emily is certified in the McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program.
Emily treats the following disorders: dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), language disorders, dysarthria (slurred speech), apraxia (difficulty starting speech), and cognitive-linguistic impairment (problems with memory, attention, problem solving, and reasoning). Common diagnoses include: stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), dementia (Alzheimer’s), brain tumors, head and neck cancer, and others.
SLVS therapy provides local speech therapy services in the Houston, TX area. SLVS is currently private pay only, but we can provide a superbill for clients who seek reimbursement from their insurance. Please contact us for more information.
What you can expect:
– Person-centered care
– Personalized treatment plans and goals
– No travel time
Contact SLVS therapy:
Phone: (832) 378-8165
U-M Aphasia Program: Intensive and Individualized Aphasia Therapy
The University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP) helps people with aphasia find their voice again. We do this through intensive, individualized, and innovative speech language therapy. The U-M Aphasia Program has been focusing on treating the person and not the disorder for more than 80 years. As the first aphasia-specific program in the U.S., the U-M Aphasia Program pioneered the intensive model. We have spent decades exploring and applying science-based approaches for helping people with aphasia recover communication skills.
Life Participation Approach to Aphasia Treatment
We take a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) treatment, which focuses on developing and strengthening skills to build independence. We take a collaborative approach where the person with aphasia, their family, and the speech-language pathologists (SLP) are a team, working toward accomplishing life goals. Our clinicians develop a work plan to boost confidence, skills and quality of life through individualized plans for each client and their care partners.
What Makes U-M Aphasia Program Different?
In addition to our long tradition to providing care for people with aphasia (check out this video from the 1950s!), we also embrace new and innovative techniques. Another mark of our program is the intensity – our basic approach includes 25 therapy hours a week, with the option to add or go down from there, depending on the individual. A core part of our approach is to include and educate care partners; we offer a care partner education curriculum, group meetings, access to therapy sessions, social connections specifically for care partners and families, and more.
Does the Intensive, Individual Approach for Aphasia Therapy Work?
The growing body of research on intensive aphasia therapy programs shows intensity is key in helping people with aphasia build communication skills and independence, depending on type of aphasia and other variables. In our own clients, we have seen the difference intensive therapy can make. To learn more, see Aphasia Program Client Outcomes.
Contact the U-M Aphasia Program
If you are interested in learning more about our program, the intensive approach, what we can do for you, speaking with a former or current client, or just learning more about aphasia therapy in general, please contact us:
Voices of Hope for Aphasia, Inc
Voices of Hope for Aphasia reconnects people in the Tampa Bay area, living with aphasia, with their lives through innovative programs. Our programs:
- rebuild self-esteem through successful experiences,
- improve the communication accessibility of the community,
- foster communication in groups,
- provide training and tools to improve relationships with family and friends,
- and educate the public about aphasia.
We are a place where the voices of people living with aphasia are acknowledged. We work to provide the communication bridges that will help people with aphasia do the things that are most important to them, and take part in their own life.
Our 5 Programs are:
- Living with Aphasia – weekly group activities that encourage participation and support communication
- “I have aphasia – Now what?” Workshop – a two-day workshop for the whole family to learn about aphasia and gain skills in supported communication to use at home.
- Family & Friends of Aphasia – Support Groups and social outings because we are all affected and need support
- STARS Technology Program – providing hands-on training and support in the use of technology
- Max Adventures – Outings provide new and exciting activities for those with aphasia to get out and explore in a supportive and aphasia-friendly environment.
Call us at 727.249.1953 for more information or visit our website www.vohapahsia.org to see all our programs and a calendar of upcoming events.
Nevada State College- Speech-Language Pathology Clinic
Located in Henderson, Nevada, we are a new graduate program in Speech-Language Pathology. Graduate clinicians, guided by expert speech-language pathology faculty can provide individual sessions and group therapy, as per availability of space. Several of our faculty have extensive experience with diagnosis and rehabilitation for Persons with Aphasia. As of Fall of 2020, a group program for writing and keyboarding will be initiated. As of Fall of 2021, we will be opening a facility clinic at the new Christensen Education Building on campus. Please contact Angel Ball, Ph.D. CCC-SLP Program Director if you have questions.
BE CONNECTED office 702-992-2535 | Angel.Ball@nsc.edu
BE HERE 1300 Nevada State Drive | DA 135 | Henderson, NV 89002
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Kathryn’s career as speech-language pathologist (1969 to 2019) was primarily in the area of home health care. My focus is to enhance the quality of life of those experiencing communication and cognitive deficits. It began with creating a series of Therapy Guides for Stroke Rehabilitation in 1977. Many more products have since been created and I like to share my blogs, articles, webinars, podcasts, etc with caregivers, families and professionals.. As a national motivational speaker, I offer programs for support groups, caregivers, families, social workers, nurses, therapists, nursing home administrators and activity professionals to increase awareness of the role of a speech-language pathologist as an essential part of the team. More recently my focus has been on Brain Health/Memory Fitness programs for individuals who want yo focus on cognitive health and successful aging. In addition I have created an extensive series of Brain Teaser products available at a variety of levels with sample pages at www.connectionsincommunication.com
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