Aphasia Centre of Ottawa

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Record #: OCR0081 Last Full Update: 15 Feb 2013
Address, Telephone, E-mail, Website
Office Phone613-567-1119
Crisis Phone613-489-4131
Located In CommunityOttawa
Address2081 Merivale Rd, Ste 300
Ottawa, ON K2G 1G9
Google Map
IntersectionMerivale Rd and MacFarlane Rd
AccessibilityFully Accessible
Bus Route NotesOC Transpo OC Travel Planner or OC Bus Schedules
ParkingFree parking * Free occasional parking on the street
Description and Services
DescriptionCommunity-based agency dedicated to the long-term support of people affected by aphasia, a language disorder that can occur in persons who have had a stroke and often after other injury to the brain * Speech-language pathologists, social workers and a communicative disorders assistant in partnership with other community-based professional colleagues and trained volunteers, provide programs to help people adjust to living with aphasia and to again be active participants in the community * Services are also available for people with Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) 
Services include: 
* Communication Therapy and Counselling Groups 
* Enhanced Professional Intervention and Co-Therapy Groups: For people who are re-entering the community following rehab/day hospital treatment * Participants meet once weekly over a 12-week period for two hours, in smaller groups of 3 to 4 people with professional intervention by a speech-language therapist, social worker and communicative disorders assistant 
* Supported Conversation Groups: Speech-language and social work staff supervise trained volunteers, who facilitate conversations in small groups of people who have aphasia * The primary focus of these groups is communication - the sharing and exchange of ideas by whatever means * In addition to speech, participants are encouraged to use gesture, drawing, facial expression and body language 
* Individual/Family and Group Speech-Language Therapy and Counselling: Support for everyday situations in the focus of therapy provided by speech language and social work staff * Individual therapy is often directed at enabling the person with aphasia to carry out a personal project * Examples of personal goals: accessing regular community activities * reconnecting with long-standing friends * regaining power of attorney * accessing emotional support * discussing medical issues with physicians * changing financial plans * Therapy can be provided on an individual basis or in small groups of two or three persons, where participants share common experiences * Persons with aphasia are assisted in creating Life History/Communication Books to facilitate communication with family, friends and other participants in ACO programs. 
* Counselling: Provided by a certified social worker who is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy * Individual, couple, family, and group therapy available 
* Family/Caregiver support Groups: For individuals, couples, and family, education and support provided by a social worker and speech-language pathologist 
* Physiotherapy Groups: Groups of 3-4 persons participate in one-hour individualized therapy programs, under the supervision of a physiotherapist and clinical trainer, with support from trained volunteers 
* Volunteer Training: Volunteers learn effective communication techniques for conversational partnerships with aphasic adults and to provide program support for the specific groups and individuals to whom they are assigned 
* Workshops and Information Seminars
HoursMon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
MeetingsTransitional groups Tuesday 10 am-12 noon (Central at Chapel St) 
Supported Conversation Groups Tuesday 1 pm-3 pm (Central at Chapel St), Wednesday 10 am-12 noon (West at Ron Kolbus Lakeside Centre)
Areas ServedLanark County - North ; North Grenville ; Ottawa (City of) ; Prescott and Russell United Counties ; Renfrew County ; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties
EligibilityPerson who has aphasia as a result of stroke or head injury or other brain damage and the families, friends and caregivers of adults with aphasia and related communication difficulties.
ApplicationReferrals to the Centre are made by a speech-language pathologist, a social worker or self referrals * Also referrals from families, and from other qualified professionals are accepted, with speech-language pathology assessment to be arranged. 
A physician's authorization and assessment by physiotherapist are required prior to starting physiotherapy programs
LanguagesEnglish ; French
FeesService - sliding fee scale
Service CategoriesCaregiver/Care Receiver Support Groups ~ Aphasia ; Disease/Disability Information ~ Aphasia ; Health/Disability Related Counselling ~ Aphasia ; Health/Disability Related Support Groups ~ Aphasia ; Special Libraries ~ Acquired Brain Injuries ; Special Libraries ~ Aphasia ; Special Libraries ~ Stroke ; Speech and Language Pathology ~ Aphasia
Contact Information
Primary ContactHelene Lepine-Igric, Social Worker
Primary ExecutiveGillian Gailey, Executive Director; Email: gillian@aphasiattawa.org