Aphasia Solutions Network - Online Small Group Program
Posted Feb 21 2010 12:00am
2/21/2010 Newsletter Aphasia Solutions Network - Online Small Group Program
In our last newsletter, we discussed the history and benefits of traditional aphasia groups. Roberta Elman, in her seminal book on aphasia groups, suggested improvement in social adjustment, enhanced quality of life, and ongoing growth in communication skills as desirable outcomes for participation in aphasia groups (Elman, 2007). We salute all those whose efforts provide opportunities for people with aphasia (PWA) and their caregivers take advantage of group activities.
In his best-selling book, Thomas Friedman seems to use the metaphor, "The World is Flat" to support his notion that technology connectedness has leveled the global playing field providing more equal opportunity for competitors around the world (Friedman, 2005). Our goal at Aphasia Solutions Network(ASN) is to flatten the world of aphasia. Our mission is to find creative solutions and tools to give PWA, all over the world, equal opportunity to continue on their recovery pathways. Albert Einstein's quote, "To raise new questions, new possibilities, to regard old problems from a new angle, requires creative imagination and marks real advance in science." reflects well our view.
Starting in 2009, the staff of ASN and www.aphasiatoolbox.com decided it was time to find the best way to take advantage of innovative technology and multidisciplinary fields of study to translate aphasia group research into affordable, accessible and effective tools for PWA traveling the pathway of recovery. The staff, incorporating continuous quality improvement standards, developed groups that encompassed: social support, peer tutoring and coaching, public speaking, language drills, treatment carryover, and vocabulary recovery and development. By using commercial videoconferencing services (www.oovoo.com; www.skype.com ), PWA can now participate in small, interactive groups from the comfort of their own homes, treatment clinics, or rehabilitation facilities. There is no extra charge for the video conferencing service and no need for expensive equipment. We have combined videoconferencing with talented group leaders including PWA, effective techniques drawn from a variety of fields of study, and innovative technological tools. In doing this, ASN has taken a significant step forward by setting new standards for affordable, smart, meaningful and aggressive therapy options for people with aphasia on their paths to recovery.
To investigate a clear, useful and practical definition of aphasia using
theVisual Definition of Aphasia
To identify the finest resources and tools for aphasia rehabilitation and
To identify optimal practice habits and regimens for PWA
To provide a forum for discussion and questions about aphasia recovery
To discuss optimal practice support and encouragement strategies
To learn about the role of practice in aphasia and brain injury recovery
To discuss the role of humor and fun in aphasia rehabilitation
$15.00 for members of the Aphasia Solutions Community; $25.00 for non-
members - 3/6 seats available
The SLP Roundtable Discussion and Grand Rounds
Group Leader-Bill Connors, SLP;CCC
Group Leader-guests leaders
To present and discuss case studies of aphasia and related disorders
To brainstorm and share optimal resources, strategies, techniques and
tools for aphasia treatment
To discuss practice habits and regimens for PWA
To provide a forum for discussion and questions about the evaluation and treatment of aphasia and related disorders
To support the efforts of each other
To have fun
$00.00 for members of the Aphasia Solutions Community; $25.00 for non-
members - 3/6 seats available
In the planning stage:
The Phonopraxia Group:
Elman, R., (2007). Group Therapy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders: The Expert Clinician's Approach. 2nded. Plural Publishing, San Diego, CA
Friedman, T., (2005). The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century. Farrar, Straus & Giroux
If you wish to register for group participation or if you have questions or comments, please contact Bill Connors at 724.494.2534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Stay tuned, we have plans for new groups over the next few months. Your your ideas are welcome.