Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit draft description:
How to Set Goals When You Have Aphasia - An Insider's Perspective
a presentation by Paul E. Berger & Stephanie Mensh
Target audience: Therapists and other medical and health care providers; vocational counselors; students who work with persons who have disabilities; and survivors and family members/caregivers of people with aphasia.
Description: This presentation/workshop provides a unique perspective on setting goals - short term and long term - for rehabilitation, recovery and reintegration into family and community life from the patient with aphasia and family's point of view. Focus is on outcomes that have meaning to the patient and family, including functional communication, increasing independence, returning to school and work. Participants will engage in a hands-on activity for all levels of communication abilities. Materials will promote creativity and a positive approach. Be inspired while you learn practical tips from a husband and wife team who have spent more than 15 years on the front lines. Approximately one hour.
Objectives: Participants will gain an understanding of: (1) the importance of having the person with aphasia and their family take an active role in defining goals and outcomes that have personal meaning; (2) setting short term and long term therapy goals that will assist the survivor and family in moving toward their personal goals; (3) how teamwork and coaching can improve the survivor's independence; (4) helping the survivor recognize where they started just after their stroke, and the positive amount of improvement they have already achieved; and (5) using creative approaches and materials to facilitate goal-setting for people with all levels of communication abilities.
Speakers: Paul E. Berger is a stroke survivor with severe aphasia, winner of the 1999 Award for Individual Achievement from the National Council on Communication Disorders, and author of the nationally-acclaimed book, How to Conquer the World With One Hand...And an Attitude, detailing 15 years of stroke recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. Stephanie Mensh is Paul's wife and co-author, a skilled and creative communicator, an expert in Medicare reimbursement, and advocate for persons with disabilities. Their book is recommended reading by a growing number of university speech and occupational therapy programs. Paul and Stephanie have delivered over 50 professional presentations. For more information, visit their website at: www.StrokeSurvivor.com.