Date(s) - Friday, June 2, 2017
9:00 am - 11:00 am
SCALE at The League
Nearly 2 million people in the United State have been diagnosed with aphasia, a communication disorder that typically happens as a result of a stroke or brain injury and makes it very difficult for survivors to speak, read, write and/or understand language.
This June, in recognition of June as National Aphasia Awareness Month, SCALE at The League will present a unique workshop, The “Tools and Techniques to Communicate with People who Know More than They can Say” designed specifically for clergy to help them better understand aphasia and help those in their congregations who have suffered a stroke or have a loved one who has been diagnosed with aphasia. For clergy interested in participating in this FREE workshop, call 410-323-0500, ext. 308 or e-mail Lisa Poland at LPoland@leagueforpeople.org. For more information on SCALE, log onto www.leagueforpeople.org/SCALE. (and, while the event is free, registration is required)
“Many times, when someone suffers a stroke, the individual and their family must deal with challenges and difficulties and often do not have the resources or skills to best deal with the situation. So, they may turn to their church, synagogue or place of worship to find more information, assistance and counseling. SCALE at The League uses the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia, a scientifically proven and researched approach, and it surely helps our members to re-engage in life and achieve their communication goals. We wanted to find a meaningful way to share our information with key community leaders, like the clergy, as a way to educate them on aphasia and how to help people in their congregations,” said Denise McCall, Program Director for SCALE at The League. She added,” As the only free-standing aphasia program in Maryland, our mission is to improve the quality of life for people living with aphasia and their families so working with the clergy is a natural extension of that mission.”
Participants of the workshop will learn a set of tools and techniques that facilitate communication to help them better connect with people living with aphasia. They will also learn ways to improve the exchange of information and formulate ways to manage communication breakdowns. By learning these techniques, participants will be able to help individuals with communication disabilities in their congregation to overcome feelings of frustration, intimidation, fear and isolation.