Intensive Aphasia Therapy
Client-Centered Aphasia Therapy
Traditionally, speech/language therapy serivces and goals are decided by the therapist. Before you even arrive to your first appointment, the therapist has selected the tests she/he will perform, and then expects to establish goals based on the results of those tests; perhaps has even formed an opinion on what those goals may be. Often, those goals are "impairment-based" and, unfortunatley, may not always reflect what skills you need when you are back at home.
Our practice is based on the principles of the Life-Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA) which places the client at the center of all decisions. When you arrive for your first appointment, we will talk about your interests, life activities, and expectations from therapy. We will develop our goals together, then Debbie and her team will develop a treatment plan in service of your goals using evidence-based approaches for aphasia, apraxia, and other associated disorders. See below for examples of real goals we have developed with our past clients, or contact us to learn how this approach would apply to you.
We apply these principles and high-level of personalization whether your therapy frequency is regular weekly appointments or as part of an intensive therapy program.
During the first session, we will talk about your goals for therapy, and discuss the activities and skills that are important to you. In the past, clients have identified goals such as staying in contact with children, re-establishing connections and conversations with friends and family, staying up-to-date with current events, planning and scheduling their own appointments (haircut, doctors, etc), becoming active in volunteer activities, or returning to work.
Once your goals are defined, Debbie and her team put together your treatment plan. The plan will consist of evidence-based treatment approaches to increase communication. Then, we apply the skills to real life! If your goals call for it, we go beyond the walls of the therapy room and practice in the community.
Here are examples of some of actual clients’ goals and how we incorporated them into therapy, in and out of the therapy room:
Returning to work
Before her stroke, “Denise” owned her own business. Her goal for therapy was to return to part-time work. At the office, we designed her therapy to develop her language skills around work vocabulary and concepts. We continued therapy in her office to apply those skills in her environment, with her equipment and interacting with her colleagues.
Planning and scheduling appointments independently
“Marie’s” husband had taken over the responsibility of making appointments and managing her schedule. At the office, we practiced these skills and then used the telephone and internet to make the appointments. We took the activity on the road, visiting nail salons, finding out about services and pricing, and booking appointments.
Returning to public speaking
“Paul” had been a professional speaker in his career prior to the stroke. Though six years had passed, the desire and passion of speaking still remained. At the office, we developed presentations and scripts and practiced answering spontaneous questions. We also enrolled in the local Toastmasters group and attended weekly sessions each week. In the four weeks of the program, we also scheduled 6 speaking opportunities at various locations and universities.
During our program, we also have targeted activities, such as:
- ordering at a restaurant,
- having normal conversations with friends and family,
- sending emails,
- going shopping,
- picking up prescriptions from the pharmacy, and
- knowing what to do in an emergency.
These are just a few examples of how our highly personalized intensive program has helped people with aphasia. Contact us for more information.
How are we different?
In 2013, Debbie saw a need for a more flexible, highly individualized alternative to the larger centers. Debbie and her team dedicate themselves to personalizing the therapy goals and approaches for each client. This also affords us the flexibility to go outside the clinic on a per-client basis.
Debbie is honored to be in contact with other intensive, comprehensive aphasia programs (ICAPS) in the US and Canada via her affliation with the ANCDS, AphasiaAccess, and other networks. She has referred clients to the programs she feels best meet the needs of each person with aphasia. Contact us to learn more.
At this time, Yones Speech Therapy, LLC cannot accept insurance. We will provide the documentation and invoices necessary for you to submit to your private insurance company for reimburesement. Please note: unfortunately, we can not provide services for Medicare reimbursement.
For information about program costs, please contact us.