“Building Communication Bridges”
Conversation Group

10 sessions/year
Cost:  $10.00/session or $75.00/year

Individuals with aphasia attend these sessions on their own and they will be facilitated by the program clinicians and trained volunteers. A new topic of conversation will be chosen each session. These topics will include discussion about current events, issues of personal interest and living and coping with aphasia. This is an opportunity to further develop and practice using SCA™ tools and techniques, to share with others who have aphasia and to learn from each other’s communication experiences. These sessions are offered in a group setting which promotes peer support amongst the members.

Time:
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Location:

4 Willowdale Crescent, Brandon, Manitoba

Dates:

  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 20
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 12

“Living with Aphasia”
Caregiver Support Group

10 sessions/year
Cost:  $10.00/session or $75.00/year

Caregivers or communication partners attend these sessions on their own. These sessions will be facilitated by the program clinicians and provide an opportunity to discuss specific communication challenges and psychosocial issues that are a part of coping with aphasia. Peer support from other caregivers and assistance from the program clinicians will help participants address the challenges they experience.

Time:
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Location:

4 Willowdale Crescent, Brandon, Manitoba

Dates:

  • January 17
  • February 21
  • March 21
  • April 18
  • May 16
  • June 20
  • September 19
  • October 17
  • November 21
  • December 12

Learn About Aphasia Information Sessions

As requested

This is an educational event that is open to the public and is facilitated by the program clinicians. Information is provided about aphasia, what it is like to live with a chronic communication impairment, what is involved in communicating with someone who has aphasia and what is involved in supporting those coping with aphasia and their caregivers. Videotaped examples of different types and degrees of aphasia and examples of these individuals using supported conversations techniques (SCA™) developed by the Aphasia Institute in Toronto will be used during this evening.

Let’s Talk Aphasia.
Communication Tools and Strategies Workshop

Registration form for Workshop Tuesday, November 14, 2017

6 hours of education
Cost:
Students – $50.00
Caregivers – $75.00
Healthcare Providers – $150.00

This one day workshop is designed for family members or healthcare professionals working with someone with aphasia. It provides resources, video illustrations and role-play situations. The day begins with learning about the brain and neuroscience involved with speech and language production and language impairment. The workshop participant is introduced to the Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™) approach, developed by the Aphasia Institute in Toronto, along with pictographic resources and non-verbal methods of communication with individuals who have moderate and severe Aphasia. The topics covered include language and aphasia, the basic components of SCA™, an introduction to the tools, observation of the tools being used and practice using the tools. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and practice using SCA™ tools with skilled communicators from Westman Aphasia Inc. programs. A discussion about the psychosocial impact of aphasia on caregivers and those living with aphasia concludes this day of learning.

Volunteer Training Workshop

The volunteers receive a full day of training during the Let’s Talk Aphasia Communication Tools and Strategies workshop. Ongoing volunteer skill development is provided throughout the year.

Communication for Adults with Aphasia Program

SCA™ Skill Development Program – weeks 1-3
As requested

Communication partners attend alone for weeks 1-3 and will learn about aphasia, the SCA™ approach and will practice using these communication techniques with the assistance of the program clinicians and volunteers. These 3 weeks of training are based on the Aphasia Institute’s Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™) approach. This program teaches individuals with aphasia and their conversation partners to communicate more effectively once again with the assistance and support of program clinicians and volunteers.

Communication for Adults with Aphasia Program

SCA™ Skill Development Program – weeks 4 – 6
As requested

The individuals with aphasia and their communication partners will attend together for weeks 4 – 6. The final 3 weeks of this program will focus on further developing the SCA™ “toolbox”. The individuals with aphasia will be introduced to these communication techniques and tools by their communication partners under the direction of the clinicians and assistance of the programs volunteers. The opportunity to learn about and use new tools each week occurs in a supportive environment where new conversation topics will be focused on each week. The caregiver support component of this program is provided under the direction of the WAI Program Clinician.

Caregiver Outreach Program

Ongoing education and support is provided to caregivers who are not able to attend regular caregiver sessions or require additional follow-up in the community. This is provided through telephone calls, emails and assistance with connecting caregivers with additional community supports.

Special Caregiver Sessions

Educational sessions are provided to caregivers about topics relevant to their living with and caring for individuals with a significant communication impairment.