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Re: Help for 16 yr old
Posted at: 2021-08-31 18:15:07
I see Carole Pomilio responded as an SLP. She mentioned that you contact me as another mom. I was just browsing the site and saw that. My name is Carol Dow-Richards. My son had a massive stroke with right side issues and aphasia. He was ten at the time. He is now 24. Where do you live? Are you going to the Midwest Aphasia Conference in October? I am going for sure-and am pretty sure that David will be attending. I now live in the Las Vegas area. You can email directly at [email protected] I have published some on aphasia as well as have tried to raise awareness of the disability. It is heartbreaking - especially when our kids are so young. I’d be happy to talk with you on the phone and share some of the things we did. I wish there was a magic wand - unfortunately, there isn’t and it is important (in my mind) to maintain hope & optimism. And, to continue to stimulate their brain for recovery. It seems impossible at times, as we try to do that while dealing with a certain level of grief and depression for most of us who go through it. Email me or call me at 702-982-3075. I’m on Pacific coast time. Hang in there. Carol Dow-Richards, Henderson, NV
Re: Help for 16 yr old
Posted at: 2021-08-31 18:13:11
I see Carole Pomilio responded as an SLP. She mentioned that you contact me as another mom. I was just browsing the site and saw that. My name is Carol Dow-Richards. My son had a massive stroke with right side issues and aphasia. He was ten at the time. He is now 24. Where do you live? Are you going to the Midwest Aphasia Conference in October? I am going for sure-and am pretty sure that David will be attending. I now live in the Las Vegas area. You can email directly at [email protected] I have published some on aphasia as well as have tried to raise awareness of the disability. It is heartbreaking - especially when our kids are so young. I’d be happy to talk with you on the phone and share some of the things we did. I wish there was a magic wand - unfortunately, there isn’t and it is important (in my mind) to maintain hope & optimism. And, to continue to stimulate their brain for recovery. It seems impossible at times, as we try to do that while dealing with a certain level of grief and depression for most of us who go through it. Email me or call me at 702-982-3075. I’m on Pacific coast time. Hang in there. Carol Dow-Richards, Henderson, NV
Re: iPhone
Posted at: 2021-08-31 18:02:13
There is a FREE download on aphasia for the iphone. My son has it on his phone. He showed it to an ER nurse-now she put it on hers to help people in the hospital too. It has visuals that say things with drawings like, I have aphasia. Please repeat that. Yes. No. Etc.
Re: Artists’ with Aphasia?
Posted at: 2021-07-30 19:01:40
Check out:
http://www.abilityart.com
to see David Dow’s work. He suffered a stroke at l0 and is an artist. He has sold work for book covers, greeting cards, and a calendar. He has aphasia as well. He is l7 now. Carol (mom)
Re: 15 year old just diagnosed with aphasia
Posted at: 2021-07-30 19:00:05
PS

David has a website at http://www.abilityart.com if you’[d like to see it or show it to your daughter. It links to his school as well as some education sites that may be helpful, especially lash publishing. Carol

Re: 15 year old just diagnosed with aphasia
Posted at: 2021-07-30 18:57:18
Hi, My son has aphasia due to a stroke at ten. We placed him in a private boarding school where he would receive the services he needed. (www.brehm.org) He went there for three years and made REMARKABLE gains with significant speech and language support. Now, at l7, he is returning home for public school. The public school district is legally obligated to give you an appropriate education. For aphasia, that is difficult. Our public school district agreed to pay for the boarding school. (we paid for the room and board) If you don’t opt for a boarding situation, be sure to get SIGNIFICANT speech and language services for the school district. (at least DAILY) You might check out the book, “you, your child, and special education” - it is a great resource!!! Good luck. Carol Dow-Richards
Re: Children with aphasia
Posted at: 2021-07-30 18:52:53
Hello. My son suffered a stroke with aphasia when he was ten. He is now l7. He has done remarkably well..and part of it is that the brain is very “plastic” while young…but more importantly, younger survivors are continued in therapy longer and also find the demands of school very theapuetic. There are so many variables that go into play. Carol
Re: helping someone shop
Posted at: 2021-06-20 20:52:58
I haven’t seen such an item…but that is a terrific idea and so thoughtful of you to want to help your brother. You might take the ads from the paper and develop your own…or perhaps come up with a list of staples of things he might buy and ask a local highschool art class to design one for you. Most catholic high school require community service hours, and you might be able to get it done there for free. We found a wonderful mentor/tutor for my son who has aphasia through the catholic high school…and they have become good friends-and we met him 6 years ago! Lash & Associates has a great website for brain injury…you might find other things that may be helpful from them. The people that own that are a phD speech therapist, a social worker, and an educator. They consult with people over the phone for free & are great…and their products are terrific. (no, I don’t work for them!) You might also contact your local or state brain injury assocation. Also, there are companies on the web that sell all kinds of visual cues…so you might do a search using key words like aphasia communication cards and see what all is available. We didn’t know about communication cards early in the game…and believe me, it could have saved us a lot of frustration in those early weeks! Also, as an FYI, McDonalds restruants do have a VISUAL MENU…so that is great! You might ask them to give you a copy of it so he can always have one with him. For those that read this post, please, please, please ask all the restruants you visit IF they have a visual menu…and if they don’t, ask them to consider it! Sometimes, you’ll find a McDonalds staff that doesn’t even know they have a visual menu…so ask to speak to a manager. The more we ALL advocate on behalf of those that can’t voice their needs…the better!
Re: Artists’ with Aphasia?
Posted at: 2021-06-20 20:41:55
David Dow has a website. He is a young stroke survivor with aphasia. He was ten when he had his stroke and is an artist as well. His website is http://www.abilityart.com.

He just sold his second book cover to prentice hall, a division of simon and schuster. He has had his work published in many forms including a calendar, greeting cards, and sweatshirts.

David is now l7. He paints with his non-dominant left hand. Art has become a wonderful outlet and therapy for him. It has helped him focus on his abilities not his disabilities. :o )

Re: Night Sky
Posted at: 2021-06-20 20:35:45
Hi, You might remember me as I was the one who came to see the performance in Kalamazoo and then recommended you to the Chicago event. (Carol Dow-Richards, my son David had a stroke at l0 and was youngster at the time…now he is l7!)

If you are still in HAWAII…David and his older brother are there now. Michael is a theater major from USC. (just finishing his degree…but in Hawaii for the summer)

I went to UH as an undergrad for part of my schooling and then to grad school there in ed psych. Small world!

IF you get this by email by the end of June, you might be able to see David. He saw the Kalamazoo and Chicago performances.

I suspect you may be back on the mainland…and have just discovered this wonderful AHF site!

Keep up the good work. Carol Dow-Richards 440-428-7970 if you want to call

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