Aphasia Access' Podcast Series

Aphasia Access Conversations brings you the latest aphasia resources, tips, and aha 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.



Dr. Candace Vickers
California Baptist University

Podcast Episode Eight - Best Business Practices in Aphasia Care: In Conversation with Candace Vickers

Dr. Janet Patterson (VA Northern California Health Care System) interviews Dr. Candace Vickers. Dr. Vickers is with the College of Allied Health at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. Formerly, she was part of the outpatient neuro rehabilitation team at the St. Jude Medical Center where she was the creator of the communication recovery groups program.

In this episode, you will:

  • Learn two benefits to providing a person with aphasia with the opportunity to share a conversation with a non-obligated communication partner. 
  • Learn about the value of supporting opportunities for both exercise and conversation with people with aphasia.
  • Hear Dr. Vicker's describe how being part of an aphasia group can decrease the risk for social isolation.

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Dr. Darla Hagge
California State University

Podcast Episode Seven - Great Ideas in Aphasia Care Programming: In conversation with Darla Hagge 

Today, Ellen Bernstein-Ellis (California State University - East Bay) speaks with Dr. Darla Hagge. Dr. Hagge is an assistant professor at California State University - Sacramento and a speech language pathologist at St. Jude Medical Center. She's the founder of the NeuroService Alliance which is a collection of life participation approach programs for adults with acquired communications disorders. She's the co-founder of the California Interprofessional Education Research Academy and the Sac State's CHHS Interpersonal Education Center of Innovative Teaching and Learning. In today’s episode you will:

  • Learn the key elements that define professional education;
  • Understand the four domains that need to be part of any professional education learning experience
  • Get tips on how to start a professional education or an interprofessional practice collaboration in both university and medical settings
  • Hear tips for introducing colleagues to communication partner training in a professional practice setting.

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Bonus Podcast - Leadership Summit Reflections

Dr. Katie Strong hosts this episode from 2017 Leadership Summit in Orlando. Leadership summit attendees from across the U.S. and Canada share their insights from the 2017 Leadership Summit.

  • Share your best conference take away so far!
  • Tell us about your favorite LPAA activity.
  • How has the LPAA model influenced the aphasia care you provide?
  • Share your "aha" moment as a LPAA practitioner.

A special thanks to each of the attendees who shared their experiences. Sandy Glista, Western Michigan University; Tom Sather, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire; Lyssa Rome graduate student from Cal State East Bay; Jerry Hoepner, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire; Becky Khayum, Memory Care Corporation; Wendy Duke, Columbia Speech and Language Center, Vancouver BC; Esther Kim, University of Alberta; Tyson Harmon, graduate student at University of North Carolina; Rieppe Hendrick, Triangle Aphasia Project Unlimited; and Cheryl Paul, University of South Florida.


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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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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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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. 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. 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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Kathryn Shelley
Aphasia Center of West Texas
Aphasia Access President

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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