Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Support Group

Aha! It has been done. The first monthly aphasia support group will take place at our Steps Forward office on March 5th from 6 to 7-7:30 p.m. I will provide the food and drinks for our first meeting. Everyone is welcome--students, professionals, persons with aphasia, co-survivors, friends, family, etc. The plan is to include fun, food, activities, socializing, support, resources, and community events. I'm asking folks to contact me for this first one and let me know if they are coming so that I can plan the food accordingly. I will see you there on the 5th of March!!
Currently putting together the plans for an aphasia support group(thinking about pre-meeting to discuss a meeting....) at our office in St. Petersburg. Just trying to find a good day and time now, as well as a good start date. Initially I think I would provide the pizza and drinks, then we could have everyone pitch in for future meetings. I'd like to have a person living with aphasia or their spouse co-running the event, with me eventually taking a back-seat (or at least the passenger seat) for future meetings. After all, I don't have aphasia and neither does anyone in my family, so what do I know about living with an adult with aphasia (yes, I do know about children with aphasia!) Let me know what you think.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

welcome to aphasia info

Welcome to our new blog! We'll see if I can manage this type of technology. Our hope is to provide information and education to persons with living with aphasia, their families and caregivers, professionals, physicians, and students. There tends to be a lot of misinformation out there regarding realistic expectations for recovery of aphasia that is disempowering and provides little hope for those living with aphasia. The bottom line is that progress does not stop just because your professional (or your insurance company) tells you that you are done. There is very little information out there about aphasia research that is easily accessible or understood by the average person. We hope to remedy this by providing period summaries of new treatment methods and options.