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Aphasia Therapy



Aphasia therapy is offered at the Edward D. Mysak Clinic for Communication Disorders in both individual and group treatment formats. Clients are also provided with an initial evaluation. If you are interested in receiving aphasia therapy, please complete the forms located in the sidebar to the right and submit them to:

Email: aphasiagroup@tc.columbia.edu

Mail: Bernadine Gagnon, M.S. CCC-SLP, Aphasia Group Coordinator
         Box 191
         Teachers College, Columbia University
         525 W 120th Street
         New York, NY 10027

Please do not fax these confidential forms.

One-on-one therapy sessions are customized to suit each client's current communication needs. Input is sought from each client, their families/caregivers and/or the facilities in which they reside. We provide compensatory strategies and/or augmentative communication tools. Our clients' goals range from multi-modal expression of basic needs and ideas to high-level word retrieval, reading comprehension and writing skills aimed at full community integration.

Group therapy is offered on two different days at the Mysak Clinic.

**All clients need to be pre-approved prior to attending Aphasia Groups.  To apply, please complete and submit our Aphasia Intake Packet.**

Monday Groups
Meets every Monday during the regular TC academic year

Group Sessions           11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Social Lunch Group    12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Monday group sessions consist of 3-4 small groups based on functioning level with 4-5 patients in each group. Activities are designed to improve word recall, memory, motor planning, and general expressive and receptive language abilities to foster socialization and activities of daily living.

Saturday Groups
Meets the first Saturday of every month
(*No meetings August and September)

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Breakfast and lunch provided

Saturday groups meet the first Saturday of every month and are conducted in conjunction with the International Aphasia Movement. There is no charge for Saturday Aphasia Groups.

Participants meet in small groups of 4-6 members, determined by overall functioning level to maximize individual needs. Activities are designed to be dynamic and interactive to enhance group cohesiveness. Saturday Groups also collaboration with other programs at TC: Mindfulness @TC, a meditation group to promote relaxation, and the Music Education Department and the Art Education Department. Additionally, Saturday groups engage in community outreach programs such as the art program at The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

Co-survivors meet simultaneously on Saturdays while participants are engaging in group therapy sessions. The co-survivors group is led by a co-survivor and the group provides an opportunity for family members and caregivers to share feelings and attitudes about living with a person with aphasia.

Co-survivor Support Group
Meets the first Saturday of every month*
(*No meetings August and September)

Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Co-survivors meet simultaneously while participants are engaging in their group therapy sessions.  Led by a co-survivor, the group provides an opportunity to share feelings and attitudes about living with a person with aphasia.

For more information about aphasia therapy or the Aphasia Groups at the Mysak clinic, please contact aphasiagroup@tc.columbia.edu.

Please note that the Mysak Clinic does not accept insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. Clients who receive therapy at the Mysak Clinic are responsible for payment. The Mysak Clinic offers a sliding fee scale for those individuals who cannot afford the full cost of therapy.

For a brochure about our Aphasia Groups click here.

Here are some links to helpful information for individuals who have aphasia:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association:

http://www.asha.org/
http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Stroke.htm
http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Aphasia.htm

National Aphasia Association (NAA):

http://www.aphasia.org/

Aphasia Bill of Rights from the NAA

Caregiver's Bill of Rights from the NAA

Academy of Aphasia:

http://www2.academyofaphasia.org/

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS):

http://www.ancds.org/