Aphasia Program Supports Caregivers We enjoyed the informative article about the vital role of speech-language professionals in supporting caregivers (“Supporting Family Caregivers,” March 3, 2009). As the associate director and the clinical services manager of the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP—www.aphasiahelp.com), we agree that caregivers play an important role in the therapeutic environment. ... Inbox
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Aphasia Program Supports Caregivers
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Aphasia Program Supports Caregivers
The ASHA Leader, May 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.14062009.4
The ASHA Leader, May 2009, Vol. 14, 4. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.14062009.4
We enjoyed the informative article about the vital role of speech-language professionals in supporting caregivers (“Supporting Family Caregivers,” March 3, 2009). As the associate director and the clinical services manager of the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP—www.aphasiahelp.com), we agree that caregivers play an important role in the therapeutic environment. They provide ongoing support and encouragement to help clients improve their communication skills.
UMAP integrated caregiver support into our six-week intensive therapy schedule many years ago, and we have expanded those efforts by making it a formal element of our program. Our caregiver curriculum offers ongoing education and includes tips and resources. Because our clients come from all over the country, the last session focuses on creating an intensive home therapy schedule.
Also important, as the article highlights, are the emotional needs of caregivers. We encourage and help sustain an ongoing dialogue among caregivers participating in our program. We are amazed at how much caregivers support and learn from one another.
Thank you, ASHA Leader, for this timely and important article. You can be sure it will be posted on our information billboard at the University of Michigan Aphasia Program.
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