Communication and Counselling-Stroke

Our communication and counselling program is offered weekly for clients wanting to work on communication skills while connecting with other people and families with aphasia. This program is offered in small groups of people with aphasia led by speech-language therapy and social work staff. This group provides enhanced opportunities for participating in conversations in a natural setting. Learning and use of alternate communication strategies, such as gesture, drawing, key wording, and others to supplement ongoing recovery of language. This program is also offered in French.

Communication and Counselling-Non-Stroke

This program supports the unique needs of people who are living with aphasia due to neurological conditions, neurodegenerative disease, or who sometimes may not have a clear diagnosis. Many of the people in this group have been told they are living with Primary Progressive Aphasia. The focus of this program is to maintain a functional level of communication for as long as possible. Therapy is offered in a group format with extra support available for family members. The non-stroke program is supported by both speech-language therapy and social work staff. This program is also offered in French.

Physiotherapy

We offer a unique physiotherapy program that has been adapted to be aphasia-friendly. Our goal is to help people with aphasia and their families maintain a level of fitness to support activities of daily living. This program focuses on cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, balance, and functional strengthening. As part of our family-centered approach we encourage family members to also participate in their own fitness program. This program is also offered in French and to clients with other neurological conditions.

Individual, Couple, and Family Counselling

Counselling is provided by our social work staff who have many years of experience working with people with aphasia and their families. Counselling is made more fully accessible to people with aphasia by utilizing the expertise of our speech-language pathology staff in a co-therapy format.

Individual, couple, family, and group therapy are available.

Common issues that you and your family may seek counseling for include:

  • Self-image and self-respect
  • Marital and family relationships
  • Adolescent / parent relationship
  • Social isolation
  • Stress and depression
  • Anger and frustration
  • Financial and employment worries

Individual Speech and Language Therapy

For members who wish to supplement their group therapy, we offer individual speech and language therapy. Therapy is supported by our Speech-Language Pathology Staff. Communicative Disorders Assistants (CDAs) work under the supervision of Speech Language Pathologists (S-LPs) to provide ongoing therapy for specific speech or language goals. Individual therapy goals are tailored to meet the member’s specific needs. Members can focus on a personal project like re-connecting with friends through writing or therapy could target the speech or language challenges that aphasia causes.

Special Interest Groups

The Aphasia Centre offers special interest groups to our members on a rotating basis. These groups can be a complement to a communication and counselling group. These groups offer benefits such as increased socialization, additional opportunities for communication and rediscovering previously enjoyed or new activities for increased participation in community life.

Groups have included music, rhythm and movement; reading and writing; arts and crafts; and technology support