Brain Injury/Stroke Groups

S.L. Hunter SpeechWorks has been offering groups for our clients with acquired brain injury for many years. Our practice is made up of a team of Speech-Language Pathologists who have the pleasure of working with a large variety of clients working towards similar goals which can be matched or grouped for therapeutic opportunities. The groups have been so successful for our clients, that we offer participation to clients from outside our agency, such as to those clients working with other Speech-Language Pathologists who may not provide group opportunities. Indeed, even if you do not have a Speech-Language Pathologist, but have one or more communication goals that you are working on, we would love to help through our group programs. We do our best to match individuals with others who will help to foster improvement of communication in the best way possible. We take into account personalities, psychological, emotional, and skills based factors. We offer the opportunity for new clients to participate in a brief complimentary consultation in person or over the phone to determine whether a group is right for you. You may be invited to “check out” one or more of our groups to see whether you feel it will be a good fit for your needs.

HEALTHY MINDS

Healthy Minds is an opportunity, through direct feedback in both structured and informal tasks, to work on cognitive-communication goals and conversation skills in a group environment with the support of peers facing similar challenges. This group provides support, group problem solving, and facilitates increased insight through discussion of problematic life situations and difficulties experienced.

meets monthly ● appropriate for adolescents, young adults and mature adults

CONVERSATION CONNECTION

Conversation Connection offers indirect feedback and practice of conversation and social skills in an informal group setting. This group provides the opportunity to address communication goals through shared experience and supportive camaraderie with peers with shared difficulties.

meets bi-weekly ● appropriate for adolescents, young adults and mature adults

THE APHASIA GYM

The Aphasia Gym is a participation-based opportunity for those with communication barriers to create social connections, express thoughts, and understand others. Participants are supported through the use of visual and written supports (Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia ™) to assist with expression and comprehension.

meets weekly ● appropriate for adults of all ages with communication barriers

SOCIAL THINKING ®

Social Thinking ® is a unique group opportunity based on the work of Michelle Garcia-Winner. This group provides an opportunity to increase awareness of challenges with social skills and to learn the skills necessary for change in a comfortable environment surrounded by peers that share the same struggles. This group promotes building of social interactions, building of friendships, and conversation.

6 week program ● groups available for children through adults

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This therapy can potentially be used to treat the following:

Acoustic Neuroma

Pressure from the neuroma can cause hearing loss, ringing in your ear, balance problems, facial numbness or muscle weakness. 

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ALS

ALS is a disease that gradually paralyzes the patient as the brain loses its ability to communicate with the muscles of the body.

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Aphasia

Aphasia is a communication problem following a stroke or brain injury that affects the language areas of the brain.

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Brain Aneurysm

An aneurysm in the brain is a bulge or ballooning in a blood vessel of the brain. If the aneurysm gets large enough it can cause pressure on areas of the brain.

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Brain Injury

A traumatic brain injury (TBI) or acquired brain injury (ABI) is an injury to the brain caused by trauma to the head or body.

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Cognitive Communication

The term “cognitive communication disorder” may sound intimidating, but it denotes a broad range of problems resulting from an acquired brain injury.

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Concussion

This injury is usually caused by a blow to the head, but can also be caused by shaking or a blow to the upper body.

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Stroke

The severity of the stroke depends on the amount of damage and the location of the injured area in the brain. 

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