Aphasia Centre of Ottawa
|Record #: OCR0081||Last Full Update: 13 May 2015|
|Address, Telephone, E-mail, Website|
|Located In Community||Ottawa|
|Address||2081 Merivale Rd, Ste 300
Ottawa, ON K2G 1G9
|Intersection||Merivale Rd and MacFarlane Rd|
|Bus Route Notes||OC Transpo OC Travel Planner or OC Bus Schedules|
|Description and Services|
|Description (Service)||Community-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)
* 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 Support Groups: Spouses and family members participate in a series of four sessions with up to 4 other couples. Provides a interactive and informative introduction to ACO and living with aphasia.
* 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
|Hours||Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm|
|Areas Served||Lanark County - North ; North Grenville ; Ottawa (City of) ; Prescott and Russell United Counties ; Renfrew County ; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties|
|Eligibility||Ages: 18 year(s) and up
Person 18 years and older 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.
|Application||Referrals 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
|Languages||English ; French|
|Fees||Service - sliding fee scale|
|Service Categories||Caregiver/Care Receiver Support Groups ~ Communication Impairments ; Disease/Disability Information ~ Communication Impairments ; Health/Disability Related Counselling ~ Communication Impairments ; Health/Disability Related Support Groups ~ Communication Impairments ; Special Libraries ~ Brain Injuries ; Special Libraries ~ Communication Impairments ; Special Libraries ~ Stroke ; Speech and Language Pathology ~ Communication Impairments|
|Primary Contact||Kathy Stiel, Registered Social Worker|
|Primary Executive||Gillian Gailey, Executive Director; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|