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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Weekly Newsletter 5-20-08

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Aphasia Center of Innovative Treatment Newsbrief                      05/20/08
Newsbrief Volume 2

The Aphasia Center of Innovative Treatment (ACIT) in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Aphasia Treatment, Research and Education Center (PATREC) is offering a series of workshops.  At ACIT and PATREC we, like our patients, defiantly refuse to accept the idea of patient plateaus.  Rather, we appreciate the potential of the human brain to mend itself given its plasticity and powerful capability for recovery.  As Kimberly Dozier on Sunday Morning CBS offered,  “The key to recovery is attitude.”  Our patients possess an uncompromisingly assertive attitude about self-help therapy. 
 The first in our series is Plateau Busting I, a unique workshop rooted in Simply Smart Aphasia Therapy that provides truly useful and understandable methods and tools to assist in aggressively attacking aphasia and its related disorders.   The workshop will be facilitated by Bill Connors, M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P., Founder and Director of ACIT, PATREC and  The first session will be held in Pittsburgh, PA as noted below.  See the attachments for program details and syllabus.  We will be pleased to offer this workshop in other population centers by invitation.  For more information or to set up a workshop in your community, contact Bill Connors at by email or call 724-494-2534.
 Participants will learn the following.
  • How to use the Visual Definition of Aphasia and Apraxia to clearly understand and identify in basic terms the major elements of the individual’s aphasia.
  • How patients and helpers can create and implement a plan of attack for identified aphasic elements.
  • How to improve cognitive, memory and attention skills to jump start progress in aphasia therapy.
  • How to, in simple terms, turn boring drills into robust, effective therapeutic activities based on evidence-based research and learning theory.
  • How to quickly use newly learned skills in conversation – bottom-line therapy.
  • How to simplify, adapt and maximize the use of computers and computer programs for therapy including the pioneering Aphasia Sight Reader.
  • How to take advantage of technology, with a focus on, to continue traveling the pathway of recovery.
  • How to boost your practice time and effectiveness to maximize recovery.
  • How to practice independently – the key to hard-hitting progress.
  • How to embrace your mistakes and avoid the negative effects of lathophobic aphasia – fear of errors
 Participants will receive the following.
  • A pre-workshop syllabus.
  • Three (3) hours of interactive group treatment complimented by individual attention and support.
  • A self-directed visual definition of aphasia-apraxia.
  • A set of personalized therapy protocols, materials and training videos.
  • Personal demonstration and advice from patients successfully using these methods.
  • A complimentary two (2) week subscription to
  • A 35% subscription discount to
  • The opportunity and support to form and participate in an Aphasia Self-Help Treatment Team.
  • Optional sixty (60) minutes of additional one-on-one consultation/therapy time with Bill Connors.
 Cost:            -$99.00 for one participant with a caregiver/helper in attendance and all materials, or
-$169.00 which includes attendance and materials as above plus sixty (60) minutes of individual post-workshop consulting with Bill Connors.
Any Speech and Language Pathologist referring two (2) attendees is welcome to attend at no cost.

       Dates:        Saturday, June 21, 2008 or Saturday, July 26, 2008.
                        Each session will be scheduled from 8:30am – 12:00Noon.

       Location:    Crossroads Speech and Hearing                        3240 Washington Road, Suite 200, McMurray, PA  15317.
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