Services

Aphasia Center of Tucson (ACT)

Friends of Aphasia is proud to offer the Aphasia Center of Tucson (ACT) for individuals living with aphasia.

Overview

ACT is designed to maximize recovery of communication through structured small group sessions that allow members to develop and practice communication techniques in a stimulating, yet accepting, environment. A wide variety of groups are offered to accommodate members’ interests and goals. Groups focus on areas such as communication strategies, writing, reading, number concepts, advocacy, and thinking skills. Individualized computer coaching is also available. In addition, education forums, community outings, and family support groups are offered.

The program runs on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Members participate for the full 3-hour duration. They may choose to attend one or both days, as space permits.

The program runs on a semester system, with longer (typically 12-week) semesters in the fall and winter, and shorter (typically 6-week) semesters in the spring and summer. Members commit to attending for the entire semester. Any prolonged anticipated absences must be discussed with the Director.

Prior to participation in the program, new members must be scheduled for a comprehensive evaluation. Findings from this evaluation will be used to help determine goals together and to assist group facilitators in planning appropriate group activities.

We have a limited number of positions available which we offer on a first-come, first-serve basis; we will continue to accept individuals into the program until it is full. Please be assured that whether you choose to participate or not will not affect your rehabilitation services at any other location. We encourage you to take advantage of as many opportunities as fit in with your lifestyle and goals.

We hope you will consider becoming a member of the Aphasia Center of Tucson. Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have or if you would like to schedule a visit to see if the Aphasia Center of Tucson would be a good match for you.

Schedules

Daily Schedule

TimeActivity
9:30 am - 10:00 amAnnouncements/Coffee
10:00 am - 11:00 am1st Group Session
11:00 am - 12:00 pm2nd Group Session
12:00 pm - 12:30 pmWrap Up/Presentations

Semester Schedule

The Aphasia Center of Tucson runs on a semester schedule. The 2018 Schedule of group sessions is as follows:

SemesterLengthStart DateEnd Date
Winter12 weeksJan 22April 18Spring break: March 19 and 21- No classes
Spring5 weeksApril 23May 23
Summer4 weeksJune 4June 27Tentative dates
Fall12 weeksSept 10Dec 5Thanksgiving break: Nov 19 and 21 - No classes
Tuition

The Aphasia Center of Tucson currently offers its group program on Mondays and Wednesdays. Individuals decide at the beginning of the semester whether they would like to join us on one or both days each week. Most members choose to participate both days, which enhances the feeling of camaraderie among the members, increases the variety of group choices, and, importantly, maximizes communication recovery. However, other personal commitments or the availability of spots in the program may allow attendance on only one day per week. Tuition fees for 2 days per week and 1 day per week are provided below.

NOTE: For the convenience of our group members, tuition may be paid in a single payment for the entire semester OR in monthly installments.

FOR 6-WEEK SEMESTERS (Spring Semester, Summer Semester)

  • 2 days per week (Mondays AND Wednesdays)
    • Total tuition for 6 weeks: $420 (this equates to a tuition fee of $35 per day)
    • Monthly installments: $210/month
  • 1 day per week (Mondays OR Wednesdays)
    • Total tuition for 6 weeks: $240 (this equates to a tuition fee of $40 per day)
    • Monthly installments: $120/month

 

FOR 12-WEEK SEMESTERS (Fall Semester, Winter Semester)

  • 2 days per week (Mondays AND Wednesdays)
    • Total tuition for 12 weeks: $840 (this equates to a tuition fee of $35 per day)
    • Monthly installments: $280/month
  • 1 day per week (Mondays OR Wednesdays)
    • Total tuition for 12 weeks: $480 (this equates to a tuition fee of $40 per day)
    • Monthly installments: $160/month

 

Included in the price of tuition:

  • Structured group sessions based on members’ interests and goals
  • Computer lab for working on communication and technology goals
  • Educational lectures and guest speakers
  • Opportunities for structured and unstructured communication (lunch, presentations, etc.)
  • Group outings in the community (dinners, movies, museums, etc.)
  • Conversation, friendship, and laughter (priceless!)
Evaluation

Prior to participation in the aphasia group program at the Aphasia Center of Tucson, new members must be scheduled for an evaluation of language and communication skills (e.g., speaking, understanding, writing, reading). Findings from this evaluation will be used to help determine goals together and to assist group facilitators in planning appropriate group activities. Don’t worry if you have a lot of trouble getting words out – we will only do what we can do, and we can take a lot of breaks. If necessary, the evaluation can be divided into two sessions.

The evaluation fee for new participants: $180

Community-based Aphasia Support Teams (CAST) (Pilot Program)

We are in the process of formalizing our CAST Program.

Based on the work of Maura Silverman at the Triangle Aphasia Project, the CAST Program focuses on building a team to provide a comprehensive rehabilitation approach that includes speech therapy techniques, expanded communication opportunities, and a network of support.

Each program is personalized and may include a combination of the following components:

  • Evaluation of language and communication skills
  • Determination of personalized goals
  • Personalized speech-language therapy services
  • Structured and unstructured group activities at the Aphasia Center of Tucson
  • Development of a support team (family members, friends, community groups)
  • Facilitated community activities

 

We successfully piloted the program in the Summer of 2017 with the help of NAU graduate student, Courtney Brimm. We plan to fully initiate the program once the required resources are in place.

Technology Loaner Program

Recovery of language and communication skills doesn’t happen readily with just one or two hours of therapy a week. Frequent, intensive practice of skills is key. Technology allows us to provide intensive practice beyond the walls of the Aphasia Center.

Tablets: We offer short-term loans of iPads to determine if iPad-based aphasia therapy and communication apps can enhance your recovery and help you engage in meaningful communication activities.

Apps: There are a variety of applications (apps) that can be used on iPads and other tablets to work on specific language skills (e.g., speaking, understanding, reading, writing) and on expanding your communication circles (e.g., emails, Facebook). We can help you determine which apps might be right for you. We also provide opportunities to try some apps before committing to a purchase.

FAQs

We currently do not provide individual speech-language therapy services through Friends of Aphasia. But we know several experienced speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in the community and would be happy to share their contact information with you.

Unfortunately, most health insurance companies do not pay for group therapy services. (Crazy – we know!) We try to keep our tuition low and have a limited number of partial scholarships available. We feel strongly about the importance of providing services to ALL who might benefit. We strive not to turn anyone away due to an inability to pay.

Often, our aphasia groups can be a good match for someone who has PPA and wants to practice communication skills in a supportive environment. But it isn’t always a good match. Contact us to discuss your particular needs and goals. In addition, in the past, we have offered a combined program that incorporated communication activities for individuals who have PPA and education and training for their loved ones. This program may be offered again based on interest.

Please help the individuals who are living with this challenging disorder.

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  • Location: 1011 N Craycroft Rd, Suite 301, Tucson, AZ 85711
  • Mailing Address: PO Box 12232, Tucson, AZ 85732
  • 520-730-8428
  • FAX: 520-300-8328
  • info@friendsofaphasia.com

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