WTAMU Speech and Hearing Clinic to Offer Communication Group Sessions

Nov. 6, 2018

CONTACT:    Traci Fredman, 806-651-5104, tfredman@wtamu.edu

COPY BY:      Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Speech and Hearing Clinic to Offer Communication Group Sessions

 

CANYON, Texas—Adults with a communication impairment and caregivers caring for someone with dementia are the focus of three special groups conducted weekly by the Speech and Hearing Clinic at West Texas A&M University. 

One of the weekly groups is designed for adults with aphasia who have difficulty communicating after a stroke. Aphasia is a communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to speak and understand others but does not affect intelligence. The goal of the Aphasia Group is to provide conversation groups that focus on the real-life goals of those with aphasia after being discharged from traditional therapy. The Aphasia Group meets from 9-10:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the Virgil Henson Activities Center, Room 242, on campus.

Another weekly communication group is the LOUD Crowd. It is for adults with Parkinson’s disease who have completed the clinic’s Speak OUT! program. The Speak OUT! courses are designed for those with decreased vocal intensity due to Parkinson’s disease and once completed, participants can advance to The LOUD Crowd group. The LOUD Crowd meets from 1-2 p.m. each Monday at the Virgil Henson Activities Center, Room 242, on campus.

The third weekly group offered by the WTAMU Speech and Hearing Clinic is a Dementia Support Group. It is designed to provide social and emotional support for caregivers of those with dementia. Caregivers are encouraged to bring their loved one with dementia with them, if possible, to participate in a concurrent social group with fellow persons with dementia. The Dementia Support Group and social group meet from 1-2:30 p.m. each Wednesday at the Virgil Henson Activities Center, Room 242, on campus.

The groups are facilitated by WTAMU communication disorder graduate students under the supervision of WTAMU faculty members who are licensed speech-language pathologists.

Those planning to attend a group session are encouraged to call the WTAMU Speech and Hearing Clinic at 806-651-5101 to secure a spot. For more information about the various groups, call the clinic or email Traci Fredman, academic and clinical instructor, at tfredman@wtamu.edu.

 

—WTAMU—


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