Aphasia Support Groups

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 Leigh Ann Porter, MA, CCC-SLP & Elizabeth Wikane, MS, CCC-SLP
Discuss of the rationale for providing community support groups for adults with language disorders following stroke and brain injury. Explore topics including (but not limited to):
1) methods of founding support groups
2) justification for free community outreach in the context of large organizations
3) research to endorse the use of support groups
4) counseling techniques
5) interdisciplinary supplementation in support groups
6) cultural competency and acknowledgement of differences
7) supporting organizations: including materials, ideas for strategies and tools to incorporate into group practice, resources, and outreach


By the conclusion of this Podcourse, participants will be able to:

  1. identify clinical and community-need justification for founding aphasia support groups
  2. identify counseling methods or techniques which align with the needs of an adult support group
About Leigh Ann: Leigh Ann earned her master’s in Communication Sciences from the University of Central Florida in 2013, and has enjoyed being an SLP ever since. While at UCF, Leigh Ann was part of a grant to prepare SLPs to work with English Language Learners, earning a graduate certificate of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
Leigh Ann now resides in Kansas City where she divides her time working across outpatient, acute, and inpatient rehab settings. She has presented for ASHA CEUs to regional SLPs on topics such as how the respiratory system and cough influence dysphagia, a review of the literature on dysphagia exercises, and generating measurable dysphagia goals. For multidisciplinary continuing education with PTs and OTs, Leigh Ann has presented on topics such as Cognitive Retraining with an emphasis on memory strategies, and the SLP’s scope of practice & making appropriate patient referrals to the SLP. 

About Elizabeth: Elizabeth is a medical speech-language pathologist in the Hudson Valley in New York State who works in a community hospital within a larger hospital system. She covers acute care, inpatient rehab, critical and intensive care units, out-patient services, and homecare services. She has a specialty in dysphagia including FEES, is an Ace-award recipient, and is a Certified Brain Injury Specialist. She is passionate about her patients, their families, and educating the hospital team on all things related to communication disorders and life after trauma. She especially enjoys supervising graduate students whom she’s had the honor of working with over the past several years and is a guest lecturer in dysphagia at the graduate level. She is pursuing further advanced education towards dysphagia practice and is involved in medical device innovation.


Additional Information

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

Time-Ordered Agenda:

1-4 Introduction and Elizabeth’s Background

4-16 Aphasia support group background

16-22 Person-Centered Counseling techniques

22-36 Structure of a meeting, goals, and Supported Communication techniques

36-46 Handouts and Group Activities 

46-51 Interdisciplinary support, cultural competency, supporting organizations, and getting the word out.

51-60 Question and Answer


Disclosure Statement for Leigh Ann Porter:

Financial: Leigh Ann Porter is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

Disclosure Statement for Elizabeth Wikane:

Financial: Elizabeth Wikane is a presenter for SpeechTherapyPD.com and receives royalties. 

Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

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