Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center
Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is usually caused by a stroke or brain injury. It does not affect intellect.
At Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center (BRAC), we are dedicated to helping persons with aphasia achieve the highest level of recovery and participation in life. We are committed to providing support, education and training in a stimulating communication environment to those affected by aphasia, including the family and communication partners.
At BRAC we leverage the latest research and treatment options in both individual and group settings to provide opportunities for all persons with aphasia to enrich their communication skills. BRAC programs focus on restoring the ability of people with aphasia to re-connect with their family, friends and community. BRAC programs encompass the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia described by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).
We offer two specific programs, both a community (social language group) and Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP) six week program as described below:
Community Aphasia Program
This program provides people with aphasia an opportunity to express themselves through interactive and creative programs in a supportive community environment. This program encourages multi-modality communication techniques and confidence to help people live successfully with aphasia and learn new ways to communicate. The program provides aphasia friendly environment that helps build relationships with others with aphasia, their families and communication partners.
The community program provides a matrix of coordinated group activities led by licensed Speech Language Pathologists. These activities are designed to encourage group learning and social exchange. Some examples include:
The community program provides a matrix of coordinated group activities. These activities are designed to encourage group learning and social exchange. Some examples include:
- Conversation Corner
- Newsletter production
- Book & movie clubs
- Creative writing
- Arts and crafts
- Exercise & wellness
- Computer & assistive technology labs
- Electronic communication and Social Media
- Story Telling
- Pet Therapy
- Music and Language
- Hot Topics in the News
- Famous Faces
- Outings to local events and businesses
- Communication Partner Training and Support
The Community Program offers weekly participation for 2-3 sessions per week. The hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. People with aphasia and their families may participate in this program for as long as they may be interested.
Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program (ICAP)
This six week intensive individualized program runs 5 days a week from 9-2 pm. It provides an immersive rehabilitation experience that includes:
- Comprehensive aphasia assessments and recommendations specific to the individual’s communication goals
- Evidence based individual therapy
- Group and social communication groups
- Community re-entry and participation
- Recreation activities
- Communication partner training and support
- Outcome/improvement reports
- Training materials
- Homework (home based resources)
- Lunch Daily (therapeutic language based lunch)
- Integration of electronic programs and applications for computers, cell phones and tablets individualized to meet specific needs of the individual
- Home treatment and carryover programs
This ICAP program is offered to all persons with aphasia regardless of the time post onset of their neurological event. Communication partner participation and training is an integral part of this program. This program is run by highly specialized, trained speech-language pathologists.
Highly Specialized Staff
Regardless of the program, member is cared for by a designated team of experts in aphasia recovery. Our clinicians are among the top in their field, and actively participate in clinical research and education on both the local and national levels. Our staff and network of services include:
- Specialized Speech-language Pathologists
- Certified Neurologic Music Therapist
- Research scientists
- Graduate-level Interns
- Access to vocational specialists and driving program
- Access to all Brooks Community programs such as Adaptive Sports, Neuro-Recovery Center, Stroke Wellness and Club House.
Education and Training Programs
Both programs include communication partner training and education components such as listed below:
- Communication Partner Training
- Education on Stroke, Aphasia and Communication Disorders
- Computer Lab, Applications and Resource Library
- Support Groups
- Community Resources
- Community Education and Outreach
Research initiatives at BRAC are led by nationally recognized leader in Aphasia recovery and focus on understanding of best practice care and support through the collection of outcome data and observation.
For more information email Aphasia@BrooksRehab.org or call 904-345-6780