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The Word Escapes Me: Activities and Therapy

What activities do you like to do? It’s actually a really important question when it comes to your aphasia therapy because building your improvement plan around activities you already like makes therapy a little easier to embrace. In this last installment on Ellayne Ganzfried and Mona Greenfield’s new book, The Word Escapes Me, we’ll be […]

Has Aphasia Changed Your Relationships?

Aphasia can change your relationships. Families need to adjust to a new normal, and friends sometimes drift away when communication becomes time consuming. But the other side is that aphasia leads you to people you would have otherwise never met, from other participants in support groups to members of your therapy team. Moreover, it can […]

The Word Escapes Me: Conversation Topics

It’s difficult to learn a foreign language in a classroom. The introductory phrases covered in textbooks are rarely the ones you need when you go to another country or jump into a conversation. It’s also a little… dull. It’s hard to feel motivated when you’re talking through vocabulary lists. Making speech therapy interesting pops up […]

The Aphasia Center in St. Petersburg: Success Is Key for Motivation in Aphasia Therapy

Tell us more about what you do and what services you provide to persons with Aphasia We are the only private intensive aphasia program, so we are free from prescribed goals and definitions of progress. Our programs are 1:1 individual with a Master’s or Doctoral-level aphasia therapist for 25 hours per week. Programs range from […]

How Will the Affordable Care Act Repeal Affect Aphasia Treatment?

The Affordable Care Act repeal is still in early stages. There will be many changes between now and the final version of the bill as it moves through the House and the Senate before it hits the White House. Still, it’s worth looking at ways treatment may be impacted if the repeal moves into law. […]

How to Set Up a Charity Walk (Part Two)

Welcome back to our two-part post on how to set up a charity walk for Aphasia Awareness Month. Our first part was about choosing the site, obtaining the permits, setting up insurance, and starting communications. This second part will address advertising, sponsors, and all the items you’ll need for your walk. Start Marketing Start telling […]

How to Set Up a Charity Walk (Part One)

Your local aphasia group wants to set up a charity walk for Aphasia Awareness Month in June. Great! Before you lace up your walking shoes, here are some things you need to know to set up your event. These suggestions are a starting point, and we encourage you to become familiar with the laws in […]

The Word Escapes Me: Aphasia Analogies

Aphasia is like trying to get around in a foreign country where you can’t speak the language. It’s like spending 24 hours a day with your words right on the tip of your tongue. Aphasia can feel like a prison. Analogies, metaphors, and similies are helpful comparative literary devices meant to explain something unknown. There […]

Wordless Date Night Ideas

Going to the movies is one of most popular date night activities. When Viola Davis won her Oscar on Sunday for best supporting actress, she pointed out that Fences is a movie “about people and words.” August Wilson’s writing is fantastic, but it drove home an idea that bubbled up while reading about the art […]

The Word Escapes Me: Telling Your Story

Every single person has a library-worth of stories inside of them. In chapter five of Ellayne Ganzfried and Mona Greenfield’s new book, The Word Escapes Me, an aphasia group teams up with The Moth, a storytelling organization, to capture a moment from their life. Which Story to Tell? It’s not easy. The Moth is about […]