We’re continuing with our affiliate highlight series, this time turning our eye to The University of South Carolina Aphasia Laboratory in Columbia, South Carolina.
What Makes the University of South Carolina Aphasia Laboratory Unique?
At the University of South Carolina Aphasia Lab, we not only conduct clinical research to help SLPs better serve their patients with aphasia, but we also love to host social events for our participants and their families. This is a wonderful opportunity for people with aphasia and their families to interact with others in similar situations as well as with graduate students, lab members and others in the community.
Great Success Stories
Because college football is so popular at the University of South Carolina (Go Gamecocks!), we recently hosted a tailgating event for our local research participants and their families. A local business donated parking spaces close to the stadium that were wheelchair accessible. Lab members provided food, drinks and tailgating activities.
Many of the individuals with aphasia with whom we work don’t often socialize much with others because of their communication difficulties. This did not seem to be an issue with our tailgating event! All attendees had a wonderful time and have asked that we make this an annual event.
Check out the photos throughout this post to see a recent lab-sponsored tailgating event before a football game.
They Love What They Do
We love working with wonderful people! We are blessed to work with people with aphasia who are interested in advancing our knowledge of aphasia as well as with dedicated colleagues who genuinely enjoy their work.
Services and Support Groups
We currently have both assessment and treatment studies going on for people with aphasia secondary to stroke. We also offer aphasia support groups as well as annual educational and social activities for the community.
Special Services for Caregivers
We are currently in the process of developing a support group for caregivers.
As part of our Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), we offer a monthly lecture series, which is free to all who are interested in aphasia research and evidence-based practice.
Do you live in the Columbia, South Carolina area? Contact the The University of South Carolina Aphasia Laboratory for speech services and support groups.
We’re spending 2018 highlighting our affiliates in order to make it easier for caregivers to find services for their loved ones. Are you an affiliate of the NAA and would like to be highlighted in a future installment? Please fill out the form and we’ll contact you.