Posted on: September 28, 2015

Aphasia Programs

Help and Support

Learn more about the programs and resources available to individuals with aphasia and their families

Aphasia is a language problem that masks a person’s inherent competence, and most dramatically affects conversational interaction (talking and understanding), as well as the ability to read and write.
Aphasia is usually the lasting result of a stroke or brain injury, but may also be caused by other neurological conditions such as dementia or brain tumours. Aphasia may be classified as an invisible disability, though it is not well known or understood in the community.
Many adults with aphasia know exactly what is going on, have opinions on issues, have the desire to socialize, and are capable of participating in decisions that pertain to them. But aphasia affects a person’s ability to communicate feelings, thoughts and emotions, or the ability to understand what others say. 1

Aphasia programs in the Central South Region allow people with aphasia the means to actively engage and participate in conversation using specific communication strategies. The group sessions are facilitated by a combination of Speech-Language Pathologist and Communicative Disorders Assistant with support from community volunteers.
A typical Aphasia Group session may include:
– Discussing current topics & expressing opinions
– Role-playing everyday communication scenarios to develop conversational skills of listening and reading comprehension
– Supporting one another to participate and gain confidence in communicating

Sources

1 Kagan, A. & Simmons-Mackie, N. (November 2013). From My Perspective: Changing the Aphasia Narrative. The ASHA Leader, Vol. 18(11), 6-8. doi: 10.1044/leader.FMP.18112013.6.
Retrieved from http://leader.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=1788363&resultClick=1
From http://www.aphasia.ca/home-page/about-aphasia/what-is-aphasia/
http://www.wwhealthline.ca/displayservice.aspx?id=156831

For More Information

There are many aphasia groups around the Central South Region. See below for a listing of all of these groups:
Hamilton/Burlington:
SAM Aphasia Program – (905) 525-5632
Halton Aphasia Centre – (905) 875-8474
Niagara:
Niagara Aphasia Program at Fairhaven – (905) 371-1569
Brant Haldimand Norfolk:
ARTC Aphasia Program – (519) 753 1882
Waterloo Wellington:
Waterloo Wellington Regional Aphasia Program – (519) 824-6000 ext 4357