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Webinars – Aphasia Institute

An online series distinguished by its focus on aphasia and real-life participation. The webinars provide an opportunity for practicing clinicians to hear from a prestigious group of international aphasia researchers.


ASHA CEU Provider approval and use of the Brand Block does not imply endorsement of course content,
specific products or clinical procedures.

Please refer to each course description for instructional level and ASHA CEUs

Course Code:     G2 
Presenter:          Jamie Azios, PhD, SLP
Date/Time:        ARCHIVE: April 13 – 27
Intermediate level

Webinar Description
Conversation analysis has been a useful explanatory method for describing the coordinated actions of
speakers with aphasia and their partners. This webinar summarizes clinically relevant findings from
conversation analytic studies that can help aphasia clinicians recognize conversation behaviors that
impact group participation and engagement and measure progress from a strength-based perspective.
(Originally presented April 12, 2021)

Meet the Presenter
Jamie Azios is an Assistant Professor at Lamar University. She has expertise using qualitative research
methods to examine interactions of adults with aphasia in various social contexts. Research interests
include co-constructed conversation in aphasia and impact of communicative environments on social
participation and inclusion. She is a recent Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Distinguished Scholar.

Course Content Disclosure: This presentation will focus on the Conversation Analysis Method

Financial: Jamie receives a salary from Lamar University. She will receive an honorarium for this

Non-Financial: Jamie has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose

Course Code:    F3 – LIVE/G3 – ARCHIVE
Presenter:         Ruth McMenamin, PhD, SLP
Date/Time:       LIVE: Monday, May 10: 12-1pmET/ ARCHIVE: May 11 – 25
Intermediate level

Webinar Description

Participatory methodologies can enrich the process, outcomes and shared learning when doing
qualitative research with people with communication difficulties (McMenamin and Pound 2019). This webinar illustrates how people with aphasia were involved as co-researchers in the multiperspectival evaluation of a Conversation Partner Program using a Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) research approach.

Meet the Presenter
Dr. Ruth McMenamin, a lecturer in Speech and Language Therapy at the National University of Ireland,
Galway uses participatory learning and action (PLA) research to work collaboratively with people with
aphasia, healthcare professionals and students. Ruth is a member of the executive committee of the
Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATS) and the National Public and Patient Involvement Network.


Course Content – This webinar will focus on the Participatory Learning and Action (PLA) research

Financial: Ruth receives a salary from the National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland. She will
receive an honorarium for this presentation.

Non-Financial: Ruth is an executive committee member of the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists (CATs)
research group. She is an occasional reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals.

Course Code:    F4 – LIVE/G4 – ARCHIVE
Presenter:         Brooke Ryan, PhD, SLP
Date/Time:       LIVE: Monday, June 7: 4-5pmET/ ARCHIVE: June 8 – 22
Intermediate level

Webinar Description
This webinar will present results from a novel international Facebook “raising families after aphasia” study
run in 2020 using focus group methodology adapted for the online social media platform. The study
explored the perspective of parenting from people with aphasia and their spouses. Research findings
identified several areas parents with aphasia and their spouses need better support. Resources that
Speech-Language Pathologists may use to support family-centered practice in stroke rehabilitation will be

Meet the Presenter
Dr. Brooke Ryan holds a PhD in Speech Pathology and has extensive experience in stroke and aphasia
research particularly in mental health and communication accessibility. Brooke has a special interest in
helping parents with aphasia and their families. Her research in the area focusses on improving stroke
rehabilitation so that it better addresses family and parenting needs. Brooke volunteers for the Australian
Aphasia Association and coordinates their online aphasia group program.


Financial: Brooke receives a salary from The University of Queensland and the Aphasia CRE, Research, La Trobe Unversity through the University of Technology Sydney as a postdoctural research fellow.  She will receive an honorarium for this presentation.

Non-Financial: Brooke has a professional non-financial relationship with Australian Aphasia Association
and Virtual Connections.


INDIVIDUAL Webinars: $40 – $50*CAD
*To collect ASHA CEUs.

NEW – GROUP RATES (12 -30 participants) ALSO AVAILABLE:

INDIVIDUAL Webinars: $70 – $100CAD
(+$10CAD/participant to collect ASHA CEUs)

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"This course has given me lots of tools to communicate with my clients with aphasia. It has given me new ideas and visions and I’m looking forward to share the SCATM method with my colleagues and other professionals in my rehabilitation centre. Thank you for the course! "
- Anonymous
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