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Knowledge Exchange


On-line - Speaker Series

Course Code:       F1
Course Title:        Update on drug and brain stimulation interventions for aphasia and PPA (for original live presentation on March 18)
Presenter:             Jed Meltzer, Ph.D., Baycrest Hospital, Toronto, Canada

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Course Description
Promising interventions like drugs and brain stimulation have generated enthusiasm for improving language function in post-stroke aphasia and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), but have not yet achieved routine use. This webinar will examine the possible mechanisms by which such interventions might restore language abilities, and describe research to determine the effectiveness of interventions at engaging these mechanisms.

Meet the Presenter
Dr Jed Meltzer is a scientist at Baycrest Hospital, and an Assistant Professor in the departments of Psychology and Speech Language Pathology at the University of Toronto. His research investigates the neural basis of language processing, based largely on measurements of the brain’s electrical activity. His lab aims to improve treatment of stroke and dementia using therapy, pharmacology, and brain stimulation.


Financial: Jed Meltzer is employed by Baycrest Hospital and University of Toronto. He is a Board of Advisors member and shareholder at Winterlight Labs and receives compensation.  He receives research funding from Duolingo Inc. and Brainsway Inc. In addition, he receives compensation from CABHI as Scientific Advisor and Cogniciti where he sits on the R&D Advisory Board. He will receive an honorarium for this webinar presentation.
Non-Financial: Jed Meltzer is Baycrest Site Leader for Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery, a member of Academy of Aphasia and sits on the Board of Advisors for Esperantic Studies Foundation


Course Code:       F2
Course Title:         Supporting participation in hospital: Screening, Assessment and Intervention
Presenter:             Robyn O’ Halloran, Ph.D., La Trobe University, Australia
Date/Time:           Monday, April 15: 4-5pmEDT 
This webinar is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Various level; Professional area)

Course Description
This webinar will review four clinical resources for speech language pathologists and other healthcare providers working in the hospital setting. Participants will learn how these tools develop the capacity of hospital services, so that patients with aphasia and other communication disabilities can participate in their healthcare.

Meet the Presenter
Dr Robyn O’Halloran is a Senior Lecturer at La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia. She has worked as a clinician, academic and researcher for over 25 years. She has co-authored 45 peer reviewed publications including the Inpatient Functional Communication Interview (IFCI) (2004), a communication activity assessment for speech language pathologists working in the hospital setting.


Financial:  Robyn O’Halloran receives a salary from La Trobe University for teaching and academic work, as well as from St. Vincent’s Hospital for research work. She will receive an honorarium for this webinar presentation. She is first author of: O’Halloran, R., Worrall, L., Toffolo, D. and Code, C. (in preparation). The Inpatient Functional Communication Interview: Screening, Assessment, and Intervention. Plural Publishing, and will receive royalties.
Non-Financial: Robyn O’ Halloran is a member of Aphasia Access and former Deputy Chair of Aphasia Victoria.

Course Disclosure Statement: This presentation will focus on the Inpatient Functional Communication Interview (IFCI) – a community activity assessment – including  the IFCI Screening Questionnaire, the IFCI rating scales and the IFCI Environment Questionnaire. It will not include information on other assessments.


Course Code:      F3
Course Title:        Patient Experience: Contributing to the power of communication
Presenter:             Jason Wolf, Ph.D., CPXP, The Beryl Institute, Southlake, USA
Date/Time:           Monday, May 13: 12-1pmEDT 
This webinar is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Various level; Related area)

Course Description
The definition of patient experience starts with “the sum of all interactions”, based on the fundamental that in healthcare we are human beings caring for human beings. Communication lies at the heart of the factors that impact human experience in healthcare. Discussion will include questions around access for patients with aphasia and other communication disorders.

Meet the Presenter
Jason is a passionate champion and recognized expert on patient experience improvement, organization culture and change, and sustaining high performance in healthcare. As President of The Beryl Institute, Jason has led the growth of the organization into the leading global community of practice and thought leader on improving the patient experience, engaging members and guests and establishing the framework for the emerging profession of patient experience.


Course Code:      F4
Course Title:        Managing well-being in aphasia: a speech language pathologist’s perspective
Presenter:            Katerina Hilari, Ph.D., City, University of London, U.K.
Date/Time:          Monday, June 17: 12-1pmEDT 
This webinar is offered for 0.1 CEUs (Various level; Professional area)

Course Description
This webinar will collate the evidence on the impact of aphasia on people’s social and emotional well-being. Clinical guidelines on managing well-being and the roles of the multi-disciplinary team will be summarized.  The focus will be on the role of the speech-language pathologist, including assessment and outcome measurement.  SLP interventions that directly or indirectly affect well-being will be reviewed, including new ones currently being tested.

Meet the Presenter
Dr Katerina Hilari is a Professor of Acquired Communication Disorders at City, University of London. She is a Trustee of Aphasia Re-Connect and a founding member of Aphasia United. From 2005-2015 she was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Language and Communication Disorders. Katerina has received awards for research excellence (2011) and outstanding doctoral supervision (2015), and multiple research grants including from the NIHR and the Stroke Association.


Financial:  Katerina Hilari is employed by City, University of London. She will receive an honorarium for this webinar presentation.
Non-Financial: Katerina Hilari is a Trustee of Aphasia Re-Connect.


$40 – $50*CAD per webinar
*To collect ASHA CEUs.

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On-line - Self-Directed Learning

An introductory learning module to help you understand the basics of facilitating Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCATM ).

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We welcome opportunities to discuss taking our Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™) workshops to you. We will review your particular learning objectives and timeline, suggest the workshops that fit best and then provide a quote that will include requirements and costs to make this happen.

The Aphasia Institute offers training sessions for health care professionals on how to work with clients with aphasia and to help them overcome communication barriers. Health care professionals will be shown how to apply training techniques to clinical situations such as assessment, counselling, group therapy and working with clients and their communication partners.

Resources, materials and manuals are provided in many of the workshops.

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