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June is National Aphasia Awareness Month!

Did you know that June is National Aphasia Awareness Month? Check out Aphasia.org for more information on Aphasia if you're unfamiliar, or just want some new facts! At my school we have an Extended-Day Aphasia Center, as well as many smaller Stroke Groups that are run by our supervisors and graduate clinicians. My Stroke Group happens to the be "ladies group" and we create activities accordingly!

I'm a huge fan of using powerpoint with the group. I can control how much information is on the screen at a time AND I'm not using thousands of pages of paper. Last semester I created this activity that centered around nail polish and jewelry -- two essentials, right? You can find the link to the powerpoint HERE.

Here's what we did with this powerpoint (keep in mind the whole idea of the group is to facilitate language):

Each client was given a handout with options for naming the nail polish that was on the screen. They went around and named each polish using the handout or their own ideas. I then revealed the true name of the polish, and we discussed whether or not they liked their name or OPI's name. THEN the real fun began! I handed out bidding paddles and the ladies were able to call out numbers and bid on Elizabeth Taylor's jewelry that was auctioned at Christie's Auction House. Supported communication via a whiteboard was used during this. We decided who won the jewels, and then I revealed in the next slide how much they actually cost.

The ladies LOVED this activity, and even got into some pretty serious bidding wars!!!

You could use this with adults OR kids to facilitate language - it's a fun activity for all the girls!

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