Maintaining Aphasia therapy gains

How to keep Aphasia therapy achievements for the long-term

On Monday 16th April, Aphasia Victoria hosted a presentation by Maya Menahemi-Falkov, Speech Pathologist & PhD Candidate. Maya's research examines the effect of maintenance programs on the long-term retention of outcomes from intensive aphasia treatment programs in people with chronic aphasia.

During the presentation, Maya outlined practical ways of maintaining therapy gains for the long-term:

1) Getting involved in fun activities (groups) - think of a hobby you enjoy and get involved. If it's a hobby you're interested in, you're more likely to stick to it.

2) The Pet Factor - walking the dog in a park is a great conversation starter! Walking every day gives you an opportunity for daily conversation and a great way to get out and get active!

3) Follow up with a Speech Therapist - catch up with your therapist every 6 months or even once a year - talk about what's important to you and set goals. It's also an opportunity to keep up with the latest technology and research.

If you would like to know more about Aphasia Victoria, their meetings and future presentations, please phone on 0498 481 158, alternatively email at  info@aphasiavic.org.au or check out their website at www.aphasiavic.org.au/