Speaking of Aphasia Presents...

We have presented at:
  • The American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA)
  • The New Jersey Speech-Language Hearing Association (NJSHA)
  • The Mississippi Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSHLA)
  • The Ohio Speech-Language Hearing Association (OSLHA)
  • The Maine Speech-Language Hearing Association (MSLHA)
  • Montclair State University
  • The New Jersey Heart Association
  • The Adler Aphasia Center
  • The New Jersey Aphasia Community Group
  • Advance Continuing Education Seminars
  • Dorot University Without Walls
  • Atlantic Rehabilitation Institute
  • Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation
  • The Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation
We would be happy to present for you on a variety of aphasia-related topics.  Contact us anytime via phone or email.
Continuing education is one of our passions.  Over the years, we have found responsive audiences around the country - people with interest in furthering their skills and developing ideas for better service to people with aphasia and their families. 

We deliver our courses in a variety of venues, from small groups on site at hospitals and centers, to large groups at local, state, and national meetings and conventions.  We share our experience, knowledge, and process with others because we believe an aphasia provider community is important for people living with aphasia.

Take a look at what we have to offer.  Then send us an email if you are interested in hosting a presentation, or attending one soon.  We'd love to hear from you!

Speaking of Aphasia Course Offerings
Thematic Language Stimulation is a specific aphasia treatment approach designed to change language performance and bridge traditional clinical activities with functional conversation.  This course provides attendees with information about the philosophical and neurobiological bases of stimulation therapy, exemplified in the work of Hildred Schuell, and upon which TLS is based.  Attendees train in the skills and formats necessary for using and developing their own TLS units, based upon the unique needs of their clients. TLS is featured in the latest edition of Roberta Chapey's text, Language Intervention Strategies in Aphasia and Related Neurogenic Communication Disorders.  The companion TLS workbook is available on our Products page.

Moving Out and Getting Back In:  The Life Participation Approach to Aphasia  provides SLP's with the historical and conceptual background for LPAA, as well as information about the international innovations of the many individuals who have contributed to its evolution.  The LPAA movement continues to grow, and there are new programs and individuals making strides in the implementation of the philosophy. Shirley and Marilyn share these new approaches, as well as their personal vision for their own practice. 

The Aphasia Film Forum is a program for people with aphasia, their therapists or partners.  It is designed to reduce access barriers, and to increase film-watching enjoyment and discussion through the use of supportive tools and processes before, during, and after the filmAFF is suitable for both group and individual applications and for people with varying degrees of aphasia.  This course discusses the cultural relevance of film and its connection to life participation interventions such as aphasia book clubs, the use of Supported Conversation principles (SCA™) in preparation and discussion, and provides templates for creation of AFF templates for use with patients.


 The Integrated Aphasia Therapist: 

Engagement with Self and Other

Traditional aphasia therapy techniques have been described and utilized successfully as one kind of intervention.  With the implementation of the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA), many therapists began to integrate additional concepts impacting the self-other relationship:    specifically, relational and reflective practice.  This course defines the tenets of such practice, explains methods of personal exploration, and how to  integrate content and connection. Shirley and Marilyn illustrate relational practice via brief case studies, describe their own reflective development, and discuss creating supportive work environments. Extensions of these concepts into treatment for persons with other disorders is also addressed.

Model-Based Aphasia Treatment: From Impairment to Participation

Aphasia treatment began in earnest in the US post WWII, with the return of many head-injured vets.  Since then, it is grown to include a variety of interventions, which can be seen to cluster among several different models of language impairment and treatment philosophies.  This course discusses a variety of models and the exemplars of interventions that were derived from those models.

Aphasia Group Therapy presents an overview of the history and implementation of aphasia groups, different types of groups, and how they complement and contrast with one another.  Examples are provided of group procedures and interactions within these groups.
Speaking With Aphasia:  Partner Strategies is a presentation developed for rehabilitation professionals, hospital workers, and others in related fields looking to improve their communication with people who have aphasia.