Latest DVDs from the Aphasia 2006 Conference in Boston

In June, 2006, Winston attended the National Aphasia Conference held in Boston, MA. During the conference, Winston asked each of the presenters if he could video their presentations with the hope of sharing the information shared with others. Winston found the conference extremely useful and hopes that you might find some of these presentations of interest. If you do, please let us know, through our contact link, which ones you would like to receive - Winston is asking for a $5 donation to cover the cost of shipping. He also has the entire conference presentations available preloaded on an iPod (video) for $350 (including a new iPod).

List of each of the presentations, with a brief description:

  1. Family Album - this is a DVD of many of the participants in the conference - it is a snapshot of Aphasia
  2. "Aphasia Rehabilitation in the Age of Computers" by Myrna F. Schwartz and Ruth B Fink - this DVD discusses how the use of computers can help in Aphasia recovery.
  3. "Advocacy & Legislative Update: Spring 2006", Paul R. Rao, PhD CPHQ CHE - talks about changes in the Health Care system and the cost of such care
  4. "Adler Aphasia Center" - this DVD is a presentation of the facilities, etc., available at the Adler Aphasia Center which is located in New Jersey about 10 miles from New York City
  5. "National Aphasia Association: Speaking Out 2006 - Cognitive Communications Strategies for Survivors, Family Members and Professionals", R. Richard Sanders, M.C. CCC-SLP, M.T.S. - discusses the history of communication strategies addressing recovery for Aphasia patients - what is new and what is old.
  6. "Improving your Health: Behaviours that Count", Maggie Kelly- Hayes, RN, EdD - Behavioural changes and strategies that can help prevent stroke.
  7. "Aphasia's Here to Stay: Now What? - Setting the Foundation for Resuming Meaningful Lives - Jon G Lyon, Ph.D. How Aphasia impacts the lives of families - perceptions/misperceptions
  8. Presentation given by Harvey Alter who is (was) the first President of the National Aphasia Conference to be a stroke survivor as well as having Aphasia.
  9. Presentation by Dr. Anna Barrett, MD who works with stroke patients and is under-taking various research studies. This DVD talks about what is going on with respect to aphasia research.
  10. A DVD of Winston and Neil communicating. They first met at the Residential Aphasia Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Winston attended the RAP program three times.
  11. A presentation by David Luterman, D.Ed. He is Professor Emeritus at Emerson College in Boston and has dedicated his career to developing a greater understanding of the psychological effects and emotions associated with the caregiver role.
  12. A presentation by Maggie Kelly-Hayes, EdD, RN, FAAN, FATA is a Clinical Professor of Neurology at Boston University. In this DVD she talks about rehabilitation, stroke, outcome measures and disability.
  13. A presentation by Ruth Bluestone, MS and Sean Sweeney, MS. Both participants are speech-language specialists and talk about their work with Aphasia patients
  14. "Stepping Stones" - a Presentation on "Movie Madness" - how to use movies as a way to aid speech recovery
  15. A presentation by Joel Stein, MD who is the Chief Medical Officer at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital he is also associated with the Department of Physcial Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Stein has undertaken research focused on the use of exercise as a treatment after stroke with a particular interest in the use of innovative technologies to facilitate exercise and recovery after stroke.
  16. A presentation by William Milberg, PhD - his PhD is in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Millberg has been an active member of the Aphasia Research Center since 1979. His research has focused on the measurement of the dynamic changes of activation of semantic information in patients with aphasia and other neurological disorders.

With his end goal of better home therapy in mind, any input - suggestions, feedback, comments, etc. - and any additional support would be greatly appreciated.

Please use the Contact Form to let Winston know if you would like a copy of these presentations, or his Speech Therapy Video, on DVD or preloaded on an Apple iPod.

On April 29, 2002 Winston had an aneurysm on his aorta. Barely surviving the surgery required to fix this tear in his heart, he suffered a stroke which affected the left side of his brain leaving him with conditions known as aphasia and apraxia. Aphasia is a communication disability and apraxia is a motor-planning disability caused by damage to the language centers of the brain, as the result of a stroke. There is no loss of intelligence. Depending on where and to what extent the brain is injured, each person with these conditions has a unique set of communication disabilities. While intelligence remains intact, abilities to speak, understand spoken language, read or write may be reduced or eliminated.

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