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A stroke or brain injury can turn a family’s world upside down in seconds. You find yourself in the battle of your life, being guided by whomever you met at the hospital, hoping they have the answers. As time goes on and speech does not return, you begin to wonder: “What now?” “Will I (or my loved one) ever be able to speak again?”

Are you tired of gimmicks, worksheets, software, or boring one-hour sessions reciting lists of words? In my clinical practice as an expert speech-language pathologist for the past 40 years, I have seen hundreds of frustrated patients and family members who have said those very words to me.

I, too, was tired of programs that didn’t bring success to my patients. I knew there had to be a better way, so I began treating my patients differently. I put the gimmicks and worksheets and software away, and I began talking with my clients about things they were interested in. Imagine that! I learned that people learn much faster when they talk with another human instead of a computer!

The Teaching of Talking our book which has been published, is a totally new concept in speech therapy. Within its pages you will find a refreshing, revolutionary speech therapy method that will rock the world of someone you love. You see, we believe that speech therapy is best done in the home, by family and caregivers, under the supervision of a licensed speech-language pathologist familiar with the methods in The Teaching of Talking.

If you have ever taught a toddler to speak, you will quickly see why our method works when others fail. We begin slowly, with simple “yes” and “no” questions and one-word answers, and we talk with the person who is learning to speak again all day long, through all of the activities of daily living. Sound familiar? If you offer a toddler some milk, you ask him to “say ‘milk.’” Well, our method is very similar. As one-word answers begin to come easily, we expand to two-word phrases, and so on.

The fact is that in today’s system, most people with moderate to severe speaking difficulties will be discharged by an insurance company long before the need for therapy has ended. You no longer have to be bound to a speech-language pathologist or insurance company or management system that is going to discharge you soon anyway.

Take a proactive role in the speech and language stimulation of your loved one. Become a pivotal, active participant in your loved one’s recovery, not a passive observer, wondering if they will ever get better. So when the day comes that your loved one’s therapy is terminated or if they have been discharged, for whatever reason, you feel confident in going forward with speech-language stimulation at home for as long as it takes to hear them speaking with clarity once again!

If you would like to know more about this revolutionary new method, and how to order Teaching of Talking, please visit my website, . My name is Mark Ittleman, M.S., CCC/SLP, The speech pathologist who can make a rock talk! You may contact me at [email protected]

Plateau Busting-I

Author: Bill Connors

The Aphasia Center of Innovative Treatment (ACIT) in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Aphasia Treatment, Research and Education Center (PATREC) is offering a series of workshops that will assist people with aphasia and those who want to help them talk and communicate better. The first in the series is Plateau Busting I, a unique workshop that provides truly useful and understandable methods and tools to assist in aggressively attacking aphasia and its related disorders. At ACIT and PATREC we are defiant, refusing to accept the idea of patient plateaus instead only appreciating the potential of the human brain given its plasticity and powerful capabilities for recovery. As Kimberly Dozier on Sunday Morning CBS offered, “The key to recovery is attitude.” Our patients possess an uncompromisingly assertive attitude about self-help therapy. The workshop will be facilitated by Bill Connors, founder and Director of ACIT, PATREC and

Participants will learn:
How to use the Visual Definition of Aphasia and Apraxia to clearly understand and identify in basic terms the major elements of the individual’s aphasia:
Semantic aphasia Lexical aphasia Phonological aphasia Alexia
Agraphia Oromotor apraxia Laryngeal apraxia Cognition
Attention skills Verbal working memory Pragmatics Mental resource allocation
How patients and helpers can create and implement a plan of attack for the identified aphasic elements
How to improve cognitive, memory and attention skills to jump start progress in aphasia therapy
How to, in simple terms, turn boring drills and everyday interactions into robust, effective therapeutic activities based on evidence-based research, science and learning theory
How to go beyond the evidence and quickly use newly-learned skills in conversation - bottom line therapy
How to simplify, adapt and maximize computers and programs for therapy including the pioneering Aphasia Sight Reader
How to take advantage of technology, with a focus on
A 35% subscription discount to
The opportunity and support to form and participate in an Aphasia Self-Help Treatment Team
Optional 60 minutes of additional one-on-one consultation/therapy time with Bill Connors

For more information, to review a syllabus or to receive a registration form contact Bill Connors, 724.494.2634 or email [email protected] .


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Author: New York Health News

Stroke survivors say it feels like they’re trapped in their own bodies, unable to communicate with the outside world. But a breakthrough device currently in clinical trials is offering new hope to stroke patients who simply want to speak again. The high-tech helmet creates a magnetic field around the patient’s head. Then a coil is taped to the patient’s tongue. As the patient begins to speak, they can see how their tongue moves by following the track on the screen. Patients get visual feedback when they say a word correctly and hit the correct target in their mouths. If the results of current studies are positive, the technology could be used in rehabilitation centers alongside traditional therapy in a few years.
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Getting More for Less

Author: Jon Caswell

Not that long ago, the six-month window of recovery was gospel in stroke rehab, so rehab after that wasn’t needed. Now researchers know that recovery can continue for much longer, and prolonged therapy can bring more benefits. Unfortunately, the third-party payor system, including Medicare and Medicaid, relies on the six-month-window theory. That makes it hard for stroke survivors to get the extended therapy they need at a price they can afford.

One way to get some therapy after insurance has run out is to participate in research studies. Chuck Hofvander has participated in numerous studies at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Scientists are continually evaluating drugs, medical devices and therapeutic methods. Such research takes a place at university medical centers and rehabilitation institutes across the country where survivors may get access to a limited amount of extra therapy.

Lynne Brady Wagner, MA, CCC-SLP, director of stroke rehabilitation of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, explained the difference between “research” therapy and the “real” therapy patients get in rehab: “There are a wide range of different ‘therapeutic’ activities that are being ‘tested’ in a research study. This is different from therapy during which specific goals are being set for improvement in a person’s functional abilities.”

Not all research studies involve additional therapy. “Survivors must remember that not all research is treatment focused; sometimes it is more theoretical, to understand something better,” said Dr. Leora Cherney, director of the Center for Aphasia Research at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She is currently doing research in the delivery of speech therapy over the Internet.

Every person who participates in a research trial goes through a process of being informed about expected risks and potential benefits. Then the person mush consent to participating in the research trial. During this process, participants can ask questions of the principal investigator.

Many clinical trials are listed at , click “Patient Trial” click “neurology,” click “strokes.” Clinical trials are listed by state and survivors can also sign up to be notified by email when a new stroke trial is listed. There is also a listing of research centers by state and city with a “Currently enrolling Trials” button that helps survivors find out what’s going on in their area. The National Aphasia Association lists speech therapy studies on their Web site, , enter “clinical trials” in the search window.

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Author: Stroke Network

New Trial Study starting up by Stroke Network. One of the members of The Stroke Network, Dr Bob Gunn PhD, needs at least 10 highly motivated stroke survivor candidates for a trial study. Stroke caregivers may also be involved ioccasionally n order to help the stroke survivor read. Bob has written a book regarding motivation. It involves a daily routine of exercises for about half an hour to an hour twice per day. Some reading is also necessary.

Bob explained that the key to a good candidate is one that is highly motivated to show improvements within the 3 week period and needs to have a clear idea of what capability they want to achieve. He plans to stay involved with the candidates by phone for check-ins, feedback, and any revised exercises/measurements - at the end of the first and second weeks.

The survivor is promised a free copy of the handbook (when it is published) if they complete all of the three week program.

What is required of the survivor?

1. Stroke occurred 6+ months ago
2. High motivation to improve capability
3. Necessary focus, discipline and commitment to practice according to an agreed-upon schedule

If you are interested please contact Bob at [email protected] .

Being able to go out in your community to work, learn, play and be with other people you want to be with is your right as a person. Sometimes, it’s hard for people with stroke to go to places in the community, or you decide to not go out because of problems you experience. Sometimes, you want to try something new but have never done it before, or you haven’t been given the chance to try it. The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago/Northwestern University is inviting you to participate in a project to make the community more accessible and easier to use by people who have experienced a stroke.

This project is being done by Dr. Elliot Roth at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Dr. Joy Hammel at the University of Illinois at Chicago, as part of the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Technology Promoting Integration for Stroke Survivors.

If you have any questions, please call Joy Hammel (you can call this number collect) at 312-996-3513.

Participants are needed for a research study involving a language treatment and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The study aims to better understand language functions in the brain and methods for treating language problems following a stroke. To participate, you must have been right-handed prior to your stroke and a native English speaker. You cannot participate if you have claustrophobia, a cardiac pacemaker, or metal implants in your body other than dental work.

Please call (352) 376-1611 ext. 5395 if interested.

Author: Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, TX

The National Institute of Health is funding a research study to compare and contrast the errorless learning approach and the errorful learning approach to the rehabilitation of sentence production. This study involves therapy four days per week for 1.5 hours a day. The study will last approximately six months. The study team is actively looking for Aphasia survivors who would be willing to participate in this study, taking place at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Lynn Maher, a researcher in the area of Aphasia rehabilitation, and Ms. Jennifer Swearengin, a research Speech-Language Pathologist at the Houston VA Medical Center. All screenings, evaluations, and therapies are provided free of charge. If you are interested, contact Dr. Maher via email at [email protected], or by calling (713) 798-7451.

In errorless learning, the participant is given sufficient assistance so that he/she will not make a mistake while producing sentences. With practice and success, the assistance is gradually removed so that the participant is generating sentences independently. The study also investigates two types of intervention for sentence production: mapping treatment and traditional treatment.

for information on current studies a click here .

Author: Baylor College of Medicine; Houston, TX

The Veteran’s Affairs Rehab Research & Development is funding a research study to test the application of “learned nonuse”, a physical therapy treatment, to language and speech therapy. The therapy will be conducted in groups of two. One group will meet four days per week for three hours a day over a two week period. Another group will meet two days a week for one hour a day over a twelve week period.The study team is actively looking for Aphasia survivors who would be willing to participate in this study, taking place at the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.

The study is being conducted by Dr. Lynn Maher, a researcher in the area of Aphasia rehabilitation, and Ms. Jennifer Swearengin, a research Speech-Language Pathologist at the Houston VA Medical Center. All screenings, evaluations, and therapies are provided free of charge. If you are interested, contact Dr. Maher via email at [email protected], or by calling (713) 798-7451.

The theory behind this study is the remediation of “learned nonuse” taken from Constraint Induced Movement Therapy (CIMT) in the physical therapy world. The researchers are applying this concept to language, by encouraging the participant to use only verbal communication, otherwise known as Constraint Induced Language Therapy (CILT). In addition, the study will also explore the variable of treatment intensity.

for information on current studies a click here and type in “aphasia”.