Communication Partners Program
This program provides a service to the community by pairing individuals
with aphasia who have completed formal therapy services with caring adults
for the purpose of supported communication. The idea is based on current
research and theory that suggests that individuals with chronic aphasia
can benefit from continued opportunities for conversation beyond the treatment
phase of their rehabilitation.
Although most individuals with aphasia develop their own compensation strategies,
they continue to be reluctant to use these strategies with individuals outside
their immediate family and circle of friends. This can lead to feelings
of isolation, depression, and other negative psychosocial effects.
Communication partners provide an opportunity for the person with aphasia
to have a pleasurable experience with conversation by helping him or her communicate.
These experiences can lead to “communication confidence,” which
in turn leads to greater communication and emotional wellbeing. We provide
volunteers with a short training session and pair them with individuals
who have aphasia and who may share the same interests or locality. An experienced
speech pathologist is available for consultation.
We meet at Partners' homes in the community. For
further information, please call (410) 448-6988 or (410) 298-1260.