Aphasia

 

Following a stroke or brain injury, adults with aphasia unexpectedly find themselves unable to or limited in their ability to express their feelings, thoughts and desires. Aphasia may cause difficulty with speaking, understanding language, reading and/or writing, but does not affect intelligence. As aphasia is rarely understood by people in the community, this disorder can cause individuals to withdraw from communicating with friends and/or family members.

Monarch House offers support & therapy to manage aphasia via group programs and individual therapy.

Group Programs:

In Ontario, Monarch House facilitates group therapy for people living with aphasia via the Halton Peel Community Aphasia Programs. The goal of these programs is to enhance the communication skills and quality of life for people with aphasia using a Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA).  Taking into account the clients’ perspective and current communication abilities, our programming is designed to reflect the clients’ varying needs, wants, and abilities. 

To make a referral to the program, please download our referral form. Referrals are accepted from healthcare professionals, community agencies, family members, caregivers, friends or the client themselves.

In BC, Monarch House facilitates group therapy out of our Vancouver location, providing real-life practice opportunities and a focus on expressive and receptive language, reading, writing and using other modalities to communicate. Contact us for more information or to make a referral.

Individual Therapy:

Monarch House offers individual therapy for aphasia with our Speech-Language Pathologists and Occupational Therapists. Therapy goals may include caregiver and family training in supportive conversation, and/or treatment for naming, speaking, reading, writing, or understanding language.

To make a referral for individual therapy, please contact us.

We also host training and information sessions regularly for people living with aphasia, family members, friends, health-care professionals, prospective volunteers and community members on strategies for supporting conversation in people with aphasia. Visit our events page to see upcoming sessions.