" Finally, when word-finding is not easy, finding help is."
Presentations and workshops for Bill Connors:
Kentucky Speech-Language-Hearing-Association Convention, February 25, 2010, 9:30 am-5:45 pm est, Lexington, KY
Pittsburgh Area Brain Injury Alliance, March 1, 2010,7:00 pm-9:00pm est, Pittsburgh, PA USA
Ohio Speech-Language-Hearing-Association Convention, March 23, 2010, 8:45 am-12:00 pm est, Columbus, OH USA
Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing-Association Convention, March 26, 2010, 9:0 am-3:00 pm est, Towson, MD USA
Aphasia Consumer Workshop, April 17, 2010, 9:00 am -- 12:00 am est, ASN home office, Pittsburgh, PA USA
Windsor Essex County Communication Link, May 13, 2010, 8:30 am- 4:15pm est, Windsor, Ontario USA
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.