iTAWC (pronounced “I-talk”) is the first and only intensive aphasia program available in all of Western Canada. Located in beautiful Vancouver, we provide evidence-based, personalized, intensive aphasia therapy. Although our aphasia program location in Vancouver, British Columbia may provide especially convenient access to those in western Canada (BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba) and the western United States (Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah), we welcome clients from all corners of Canada and the United States. Our program is an “ICAP” (standing for Intensive Comprehensive Aphasia Program) and is one of only a handful of such programs world-wide. Within iTAWC, we provide treatment that is recovery-based alongside treatment that is focused on increasing social participation. Technology is used as appropriate for our clients for reaching both of these goals. Please take A Closer Look at our program to learn more about the structure and approaches used. Register for 4-week Intensive Aphasia Clinic Our fall 2016 program is open for registration on a first-come-first-served basis. It will take place at our wheelchair accessible offices, conveniently located on West Broadway in Vancouver close to several major rapid transit routes including Skytrain. For further registration details or information please check out our Frequently Asked Questions, or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 604-875-9100. Mission Statement At iTAWC, our mission is to provide evidenced-based therapy and treatment for people with aphasia, focused on both recovery of function and increased social participation; to build capacity for aphasia treatment by providing clinical training for future clinicians; and to provide a foundation upon which future research into aphasia treatment can be conducted. Core Values and Beliefs The ability to communicate is an essential component of an individual’s quality of life Each person with aphasia is an individual who must be respected as an expert in their own aphasia and their own aphasia symptoms; their treatment must be personalized to their goals and needs People with chronic aphasia can improve their communication regardless of time post onset, with appropriately focused and intense aphasia treatment The social network of people with aphasia is an essential part of their lives and their recovery in and out of therapy Future service delivery to people with aphasia will be enhanced by future clinicians receiving increased exposure both to people with aphasia and to current evidence-based treatment methods as part of their clinical training Future research into the efficacy of various aphasia treatment methods is necessary Our fall 2016 program is now full. Please enquire about future session dates. Call us today at 604-875-9100 or email email@example.com with your questions or to register. For further information regarding our intensive aphasia program, refer to the sections below: About Us Program and Registration info. …More A Closer Look Take a tour of the iTAWC program. …More About Aphasia Learn more...
For some people, aphasia will be temporary, resolving in the first few days or even hours after their stroke or brain injury. Others will have a long recovery of months or years. Some people may improve to a degree in the first few months, but will still live with a severe aphasia that affects their ability to communicate for the rest of their lives. It is rare for people to make no improvement at all.
The typical pattern of recovery is for aphasia to be at its worst initially, with spontaneous recovery occurring most rapidly in the first few days, weeks and even months. Spontaneous recovery is a term used to describe the improvement that happens as the brain heals from a stroke or brain injury. Traditionally, experts have advised people that there was a finite period of time during which the brain would heal, after which improvement was no longer likely. While they disagree over the length of time, some saying that spontaneous recovery would occur in the first three months and others saying a year, there has long been general agreement that there was a “window of opportunity” for improvement to be capitalized on by therapy, after which people improved mainly by adapting to their aphasia. More recently, some experts have questioned this idea of a limited window of opportunity for improvement. Scientists now talk about “brain plasticity ” and the ability for the brain to “rewire” itself.*
Many speech language pathologists who work with people with aphasia have seen people benefit from treatment years after their stroke. **However, even with treatment that might improve the condition somewhat, people who still have a significant aphasia after a year has passed (known as “chronic aphasia”) are likely to always have some degree of aphasia. For these people, or for people who struggle to communicate early on in their recovery from aphasia, it is important to use various tools and techniques to augment their communication; it is also very important for friends and family members to receive training on how to adapt their own communication style to allow for the person with aphasia to participate in conversations and social activities. (More about this in the section on Communication Tips)
* For some references on this subject, please see Links and References.
** At iTAWC, we believe that people with aphasia have the potential to improve their communication abilities with intensive treatment even years after their stroke, provided that there are no medical, sensory or cognitive conditions that would complicate recovery, and provided that they have the stamina to be involved in intensive treatment.
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