By Stephanie Rotondo
(April 2014) ARC client and stroke survivor Mary Borrelli shares her recovery journey:
I was a participant in the pilot program called “Intensive Aphasia Program” at Boston University. One day a graduate student came to talk to us about the Aphasia Lab at Sargent College at BU. I signed up to be notified of any studies that suited me. I got a call from the Aphasia Lab to test pilot a new app on the iPad called “Constant Therapy.”I have been using it ever since.
(1/9/14) Clinical Director Liz Hoover talks to Today.
“We have many clients who really can’t say a single word in terms of conversation, but they can sing ‘Happy Birthday,’ ‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game’ and so forth.”
An ”After Words Project” website is currently in development. It’s mission will be media education about aphasia and related disorders. This new site will feature short films, documentaries, podcasts, and other relevant information.
Watch for a launch date this fall.
In the meantime, screenings of “After Words” can be arranged by contacting Jerry Kaplan.
Aphasia Resource Center Research Director Swathi Kiran has been named a Fellow by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA). The status of Fellow is retained for life and is one of the highest honors ASHA can bestow.
This honor recognizes professional or scientific achievement and is given to a member who has shown outstanding contribution to the professions – contributions that are significant and would be so regarded within and beyond one’s community or state. While thousands of ASHA members fulfill their responsibilities competently and well, only a small percentage have, by virtue of the quality and amount of their contributions, distinguished themselves sufficiently to warrant recognition by election to Fellow in ASHA.
Kiran will receive the award at the 2013 ASHA Convention held in Chicago, Illinois in November 2013.
Kiran’s scholarly interests include bilingual aphasia, aphasia rehabilitation, functional neuroimaging, and language recovery as well as impairments in naming, reading, and writing.
She has previously been honored by ASHA with the Mentor, Advancement of Academic and Research Career Award (AARC) in 2007 and the Advancement of Academic and Research Career Award (AARC) in 2005.
(7/10/13) Sargent College helped Mary Borelli recover with its first intensive treatment program for stroke survivors, one that combined nutrition classes with speech, occupational, and physical therapy: now she’s giving back.