Guiding Chronic Aphasics from Current Challenges to Empowered Communication
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Pacific
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Event Description
Genevieve Richardson, founder and chief visionary of LIFE Speech Pathology® in Austin,Texas, has nearly 30 years of experience in adult neurological rehabilitation, with a 10-year focus on chronic aphasia treatment via telepractice. At LIFE Aphasia Academy®, she leads in providing comprehensive coaching, educational, and support services for families affected by aphasia, as well as those facing communication challenges in Parkinson's and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA). LIFE Speech Pathology® is a telepractice leader, providing specialized speech therapy across twelve states. The practice excels in aphasia, chronic aphasia, apraxia, dysarthria, cognitive-communication disorders, Parkinson's, and PPA, offering everything from initial treatment to ongoing support. Genevieve  hosts the "Listen for LIFE Aphasia" podcast, a valuable resource for inspiration, support, and information for those with communication challenges and their families. This initiative highlights her commitment to managing diverse communication disorders. Dedicated to making a lasting impact, Genevieve focuses on mentoring graduate speech-language pathologists and supporting families affected by aphasia, Parkinson's, and PPA. She invites everyone to join the journey towards improved communication and communication inclusion at

Financial Disclosures:  MSCC honorarium,  Life Speech Pathology & LIFE Aphasia Academy - owner, salary, intellectual property rights. Listen for LIFE Aphasia Podcast – owner, salary, intellectual property rights. Clinical Supervisor at the University of Texas Health at San Antonio Communication Sciences and Disorders Department – employed as a contractor,  Keys for SLPs Podcast Guest, Speech Therapy PD – speaking fee      
Non-Financial Disclosures:  none
Facilitator Kim Gully, MS, CCC-SLP, CCM, CBIST
Financial Disclosures:  none
Non-Financial Disclosures:  President of MSCC, Founder and Leader of New Start Support Group for TBI Survivors
Target Audience:  Medical Speech-language pathologists
Course Description: In the dynamic field of speech-language pathology, understanding chronic aphasia and its unique challenges is crucial. This presentation is designed for speech-language pathologists seeking to deepentheir knowledge and enhance their skills in managing chronic aphasia. This course delves into the multifaceted nature of chronic aphasia, contrasting it with acute aphasia, and explores the complexities inherent in its long-term management.  Participants will gain a nuanced understanding of chronic aphasia, including its causes, progression, and distinct characteristics. This knowledge is pivotal in tailoring effective therapy strategies beyond traditional approaches. The presentation highlights the evolution of compensatory habits that individuals with chronic aphasia often develop. While these habits may initially serve as
adaptive mechanisms, they can impede further progress and communication efficacy over time. Understanding these habits is vital to guiding patients toward more effective and empowering communication strategies. This course's significant focus is the role of communication partners in the rehabilitation process. Speech-language pathologists will learn strategies to train partners in reinforcing habit modifications. This includes creating supportive environments and employing communication techniques that
promote more effective interactions. By involving communication partners, therapists can foster a more holistic approach to aphasia management, extending therapeutic benefits beyond clinical settings. This presentation is not just about conveying information; it's about equipping participants with practical tools and strategies to make a tangible difference in the lives of individuals with chronic aphasia. Through a blend of theoretical knowledge and practical application, this course aims to transform
how speech-language pathologists approach chronic aphasia, paving the way for more empowered and effective communication for their clients.
Upon Completion of this course, participants will:
  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of chronic aphasia, including its causes, characteristics, and how it differs from acute aphasia. 
  2. Learners will be able to recognize common compensatory habits that individuals with chronic aphasia develop and understand why these habits, though initially helpful, may become counterproductive in the long term.
  3. Participants will learn strategies to train communication partners to reinforce habit modification, including techniques for fostering effectivecommunication and creating supportive environments
Time Ordered Agenda
5:30 – 5:40         Introduction
5:40 -  6:10         Understanding Chronic Aphasia
6:10 – 6:40         Compensatory Habits in Chronic Aphasia
6:40 - 7:10          Training Communication Partners
7:10 - 7:20           Interactive Session
7:20 – 7:30        Questions & Answers and Closing Remarks
In order to receive credit for this course participants must complete the following requirements:
  • attend entire course
    • sign in on time and stay for the entire course
    • partial credits not allowed
  • complete program evaluation
    • must be completed within 7 days of completion of course
    • certificate of completion will be awarded upon receipt
Special Requests
We encourage participation by all individuals.  If you have a disability or other special requests (dietary, visual, hearing, physical, etc.), please indicate your request in the designated section included in registration process. We will do our best to accommodate you, please allow a minimum of 14 days notice to allow us time to process your request.   
Refund Policy
Refund requests must be submitted in writing via email. Requests made more than 10 business days prior to course date will be subject to an administration fee of $15 of the registration fee if an additional cost is associated with the course.  Membership fees will not be refunded if member is not able to attend conferences that are included with annual fee.  Refund requests made less than 10 business days prior to any course that requires an additional fee for the course are subject to a $25 administrative fee.  This is to cover the costs associated with the course that have already been accrued based on preregistration.  No refunds for non-attendance will be issued on the day of, or after, the conference.
Cancellation Policy
If MSCC cancels a course that requires an additional registration fee, all members who have prepaid for the course will be refunded the registration fee in the form of the original payment within 30 business days of the cancellation of the course.   MSCC membership fee will not be refunded.
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Content Disclosures The content of this course does not focus exclusively on any specific proprietary product or service. Presenter financial and non-financial disclosures may be found in the Presenter & Disclosures area above.

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