A communication program for stroke survivors with aphasia
“Let¹s Talk Again” is a communication program for stroke survivors with aphasia. Both group and individual therapy are offered. The group is led by Communication Sciences and Disorders graduate students under the supervision of a certified speech language pathologist and CSD faculty member.
The group provides increased communication opportunities in a naturalistic context. Members participate in language stimulation activities, try new communication techniques and learn compensatory strategies that focus on enhancing their ability to participate in conversation and other communicative contexts of daily living. Participants develop a sense of belonging and have an opportunity to network with other stroke survivors.
Helpful hints when communicating with stroke survivors:
-National Aphasia Association, 2013
Resources and information:
If you are interested in joining or receiving more information, contact the clinic at 320-308-2092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. Cloud State University's Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) department is pleased to announce that we received a grant from the Parkinson Voice Project (https://www.parkinsonvoiceproject.org/) to serve clients with Parkinson's disease and individuals with Parkinsonism. This grant allows us to offer a two-part speech therapy program to help individuals with Parkinson’s regain and maintain effective communication: SPEAK OUT!® followed by The LOUD Crowd®.
SPEAK OUT!® places emphasis on speaking with intent and converting speech from an automatic function to an intentional act. Together, patients, graduate student clinicians, along with their supervising speech-language pathologist, work through a series of speech, voice, and cognitive exercises outlined in the SPEAK OUT!® Workbook. Sessions are arranged based on client schedule, and can be at our clinic or through telehealth.
Upon completion of SPEAK OUT!®, patients transition to The LOUD Crowd®. This maintenance program consists of weekly group sessions led by graduate student clinicians and the supervising speech-language pathologist. The SPEAK OUT!® exercises are performed, and group members provide support, encouragement, and accountability to one another. LOUD CROWD® meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at our clinic or through telehealth.
Participation in The LOUD Crowd®, along with daily home practice and six-month re-evaluations, has been shown to help patients maintain their communication skills throughout the progression of Parkinson’s.
The SCSU CSD Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic is a free clinic. For more information about SPEAK OUT!® and The LOUD Crowd® or to schedule a speech evaluation, please call 320-308-2092.