After a stroke or other cause of aphasia, communication groups provide a cost-effective way for individuals and families to gain support while continuing their progress. Once the acute phase of speech therapy has concluded and the body has stabilized, we welcome self-referrals and referrals from professionals, friends or family members. Speech-language pathologists, rehabilitation professionals, case workers, physicians and other healthcare professionals are encouraged to offer patients this important “next step” in the journey of adapting to life after stroke and aphasia.
Here’s the Referral Process:
1. If you are a health care professional, family, friend, or person with aphasia, contact Program Director Beth Crawford at the Aphasia Center of West Texas with referral information or email:
2. The referral or their preferred contact will then be called to set up an initial evaluation. The person should require no more than one-person assistance for mobility, be able to function in a group setting without behavioral or major cognitive difficulties, and aphasia should be the primary communication challenge.*
3. Based on the initial evaluation, preferences and goals of the person with aphasia, program recommendations will be made. After the initial paperwork is completed, prospective members are welcome to participate in recommended offerings to “test drive” the activities for one week. At the conclusion of one week, an agreed-upon plan will be decided.
4. Registration forms are collected no later than the first day of attendance.
* other communication challenges may be present, e.g., dysarthria, apraxia.
** Sliding scale financial support is available to qualified individuals. No one is ever turned away for inability to pay.