Aphasia Access' Podcast Series

Aphasia Access Conversations brings you the latest aphasia resources, tips, and a-ha moments from Life Participation professionals who deliver way more than stroke and aphasia facts. Topics include: aphasia group treatment ideas, communication access strategies, plus ways for growing awareness and funds for your group aphasia therapy program. This podcast is produced by Aphasia Access.

Kathryn Shelley
Aphasia Center of West Texas
Aphasia Access President (2016-17)

Podcast Episode One - What Can Aphasia Access Do For You?

Dr. Katie Strong speaks with Kathryn Shelley, current President of Aphasia Access. Kathryn shares her own journey in aphasia care and some "a-ha!" realizations behind the creation of Aphasia Access.

You'll learn:

  • Three W's that start and sustain an aphasia program
  • Four ways that Aphasia Access differs from other aphasia organizations
  • Five Aphasia Access avenues designed to save you time
  • One thing you can do today to improve your network 

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Dr. Jackie Hinckley
Voices of Hope for Aphasia

Podcast Episode Two - Engaging Your Community.

Dr. Nidhi Mahendra interviews Dr. Jackie Hinckley, Executive Director of Voices of Hope for Aphasia. This interview includes:

  • Best practices for raising awareness of any condition.
  • Top marketing tools for promoting referrals and support of your aphasia community.
  • Key trends to understand in order to generate a response to your aphasia services.

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Dr. Aura Kagan
Aphasia Institute

Podcast Episode Three - Great Ideas In Aphasia Care Programming

Ellen Bernstein-Ellis interviews Dr. Aura Kagan, Executive Director of The Aphasia Institute. This interview includes:

  • The value of a more impact-focused definition of aphasia
  • How a conversational interactions approach guides programming
  • The value of volunteers in your aphasia centers
  • The importance of providing an introductory experience for people with aphasia and their families


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Dr. Lynn Maher
University of Houston

Podcast Episode Four - Best Business Practices in Aphasia Care

Dr. Janet Patterson interviews Dr. Lynn Maher, founding member of the Houston Aphasia Recovery Center. This interview includes:

  • How to find the best fit and engage people who want to be a part of your community aphasia group
  • How to balance the desire to build programs for people with aphasia with good stewardship and being fiscally responsible
  • How Founder's Syndrome and Magical Thinking can both propel and stall your community aphasia program

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Dr. Barbara Shadden
University of Arkansas


Podcast Episode Five - Insights and “Aha!” Moments About Aphasia Care 

Dr. Katie Strong interviews Dr. Barbara Shadden, Professor Emeritus in Communication Disorders and Co-Director of the Office for Studies on Aging at the University of Arkansas. This interview includes:

  • How to define identity and understand the impact it has on aphasia
  • 4 Tips that support the emotional and physical health of client caregivers
  • 3 Ways to help make your aphasia therapy more identity friendly


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 Maura English Silverman
Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited

Podcast Episode Six - Engaging Your Community 

Maura English Silverman, MS, CCC/SLP is the Founder and Executive Director of the Triangle Aphasia Project (TAP), Unlimited in North Carolina. This interview includes:

  • Identify practical and strategic methods for increasing awareness of aphasia programming and supports within their own communities.
  • Describe methods to engage and mobilize individuals with aphasia, their families and partners in service within the community to widen the service provision options available.
  • Identify stakeholders to your aphasia programming and determine how their objectives and your LPAA provision goals can be aligned for improved services.

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