We’re continuing with our affiliate highlight series, this time turning our eye to Marywood University Speech/Language & Audiology Clinic and Marywood University Aphasia Support Group in Scranton, PA.
Learn What Makes Marywood University Speech/Language & Audiology Clinic and Marywood University Aphasia Support Group Unique
Our aphasia support group is made up of people living with aphasia at any stage of their recovery. It is through group discussion and organized language and literacy activities that our CSD graduate students (under the supervision of an American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association certified speech-language pathologist) foster speech, language, and reading skills.
Here Are Some of the Services They Offer
The Speech/Language & Audiology Clinics offer therapeutic and diagnostic speech, language, and hearing services for children and adults within the community. We have an aphasia support group that meets once a week.
They Have Great Success Stories
It is so gratifying to experience how the individual and family affected by aphasia progresses through their journey in rehabilitation, as well as the CSD graduate student who fosters their clinical skills in treating per skill level of the client, since aphasia affects each person/family so differently.
It is my hope that we, as speech-language pathologists, and those who have been affected by aphasia will assist in changing the world’s view on how to communicate with someone who has aphasia through raising awareness in their community.
The people and families/caregivers with aphasia that I have worked with taught me a valuable life lesson: That each day is a new day. You do not look backward but rather forward while embracing variability. But most importantly, never give up!
My advice as a speech-language pathologist to those who communicate with persons with aphasia is to have patience. You do not need to speak louder and slower. Encourage the individual to reclaim their life and stay engaged in daily activities. In the words of Louis Kossuth, “It is the surmounting of difficulties that make heroes.” To me, individuals with aphasia are indeed everyday heroes.
The Pandemic Changed a Few Things…
But we are in-person.
They Specifically Offer
Services for people with primary progressive aphasia.
A Few Last Things You Should Know
Each CSD undergraduate and graduate student clinician is assigned 1-4 clients, based on their level of study. All student clinicians are supervised by ASHA-certified, PA state licensed speech-language pathologists who serve as full- and part-time clinical faculty.
Clients range in age from 3 years old to 70-plus years of age.
Clinics sessions are 45 minutes in length, starting at the top of the hour.
Therapy is provided for individuals with a wide range of communication disorders, delays and differences such as language, articulation and phonology, aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, dysfluency and voice as well as for individuals with hearing impairments.
Comprehensive speech-language evaluations are also offered during the spring and summer semesters. An aphasia group providing services to adults recovering from a stroke is also available.
Do you live in the Scranton, PA area? Contact the Marywood University Speech/Language & Audiology Clinic and Marywood University Aphasia Support Group for speech services and support groups.
The NAA is highlighting our affiliates to connect people with aphasia and caregivers to their services and to celebrate the amazing work they’re doing.