We are currently accepting new referrals, all of our services have switched to being provided online. For more information or questions about our programming please call us at 613-627-2586
Virtual Aphasia Programs
ACO is offering virtual programs to people living with aphasia. Our virtual communication and counselling groups are offered via OnCall Health video conferencing. A group facilitator (Speech-Language Pathologist, Social Worker or Communicative Disorders Assistant) leads group discussion over a one-hour weekly session. Groups are always tailored to the individual needs of the participants in the group. Ongoing evaluation of communication is provided upon request by a Speech-language Pathologist. The groups offer a safe environment to explore communication strategies and discuss a variety of topics. Some examples include current events, personal activities and history, challenges and successes of living with aphasia. Virtual programs offer a great opportunity for connection and aim to eliminate isolation in a safe and accessible format.
Help is available for anyone who struggles with video conferencing technology. We also offer a lending library of tech devices for those who need. This program is also offered in French.
Communication Support and Family Counselling for PPA
This program focuses on the unique challenges of families living with a recent diagnosis of Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). In some circumstances a neurologist may refer with symptoms under investigation. Initially, communication is the primary challenge for clients in this group. Participants with aphasia will participate in a virtual communication group. The program aims to maintain functional communication for the person with aphasia and their families for as long as possible. Due to the progressive nature of PPA we offer counselling and Social Work support with strategies and practical support for navigating the various stages of the disease. Education and workshops are offered, as well as peer support for families and caregivers living with PPA.
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.
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
*these programs are currently unavailable due to online-only services
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