Aphasia Access Conversations brings you the latest aphasia resources, tips and a-ha moments from Life Participation professionals who deliver way more than stroke and aphasia facts. Topics include: aphasia group treatment ideas, communication access strategies, plus ways for growing awareness and funds for your group aphasia therapy program. This podcast is produced by Aphasia Access.
Episode #56 - The Crossroads Between The Lived Experience and Qualitative Research Methods: A Conversation with Tavistock Scholar Brent Archer
Dr. Brent E. Archer is an Assistant Professor in Communication Disorders and Sciences at Bowling Green State University. In this episode, Jerry Hoepner speaks with Brent about the lived experiences of people and families living with aphasia and the applications of qualitative research methodologies toward the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia.
Episode #55 - The Power of a Story: A Conversation with Katie Strong
Dr. Katie Strong is an Assistant Professor at Central Michigan University in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. In this episode, Dr. Janet Patterson speaks with Katie about the value of stories in the lives of people with aphasia as they think about who they were before aphasia, who they are now, and who they will become in the future.
Episode #54 - Pawsitively Engaging: From SFA to Animal Assisted Therapy with Individuals with Aphasia: A Conversation with Sharon Antonucci
Dr. Sharon Antonucci is the Director of the Moss Rehabilitation Center in Philadelphia, PA. In 2019, she was one of four inaugural recipients of the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar Award. Ellen Bernstein-Ellis speaks with Dr. Antonucci about her work involving semantic feature analysis within a group context, and a pet project, pun intended, involving her pilot research with animal assisted therapy and its connection to the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia, the LPAA model.
Episode #53 - Aphasia, Games, and Behavioral Adaptation: A Conversation with Will Evans
Dr. Evans is an assistant professor and aphasia rehabilitation researcher at the University of Pittsburgh. In 2020 Will was named a Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar, USA. In this episode, Dr. Janet Patterson speaks with Dr. Evans about Aphasia Games for Health, a project at the intersection of aphasia rehabilitation, adaptation deficit, gaming design, and community connectivity.
Episode #52 - Developing an Online Communication Partner Training for Hospital Staff: A Conversation with Michelle Armour
Michelle Armour is a Speech-Language Pathologist, Master Clinician, and Program Lead Clinician of the Northwestern Medicine Aphasia Center at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. In this episode, Dr. Katie Strong speaks with Michelle about starting this program and creating a training program for healthcare workers to be better communication partners for people with aphasia.
Episode #51 - Fostering Social Participation in a Long-Term Care Setting: A Conversation with Tavistock Scholar Jamie Azios
Welcome to the Aphasia Access Conversations Podcast. I’m Jerry Hoepner, a faculty member in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. I am privileged to introduce today’s guest Jamie Azios.
Dr. Jamie Azios is an Assistant Professor at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is also a 2019 recipient of Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar. Jamie has expertise in qualitative research methodologies. Her research focuses on co-construction of conversation in aphasia and therapeutic interactions between providers and individuals with aphasia. Her recent work on social interactions of individuals with aphasia in long term care contexts.
In today’s episode you will:
Learn about common barriers to social interactions for persons with aphasia living in long-term care settings. Specifically, there is often a hyper-focus on care tasks which can get in the way of getting to know the person with aphasia during those interactions. Learn about the typical type of interactions that take place in long-term care settings. Reminder to focus on training partners – CNAs, nurses, other staff, visitors, family members, and everyday partners. Reminder to modify the physical environment to support persons with aphasia. Learn about ethnographic, qualitative research, where the researcher is embedded in the environment as they make their observations. Hear stories and examples of those deep, close observations. Reminder about the need to educate caregivers, family, and friends about aphasia. Reminder about the need to advocate for persons with aphasia. Learn about using key words to help scaffold comprehension for persons with aphasia and as a written support to point to during conversation. Reminder to use gestures as a multimodal support that also helps comprehension but also serves as a model for supporting expression. Consider your proximity and position in relation to persons with aphasia – get on the same level! Learn ideas about how to reduce social isolation in long-term care settings and beyond. Download the Full Show Notes