MAYWOOD, NJ - The Adler Aphasia Center will be offering a free communication group for people with aphasia starting this fall at the Cornerstone Family Programs offices located at 62 Elm St. in Morristown.

This group will provide those who have been diagnosed with aphasia an opportunity to socialize with others who share similar experiences, provide tips to communicate more effectively, and provide time to practice communication skills in a natural environment. Aphasia is a language disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury. It affects spoken language, reading and writing, but does not affect one’s intellect.

This group will be facilitated by a licensed speech language pathologist and will held from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the following Fridays: Oct. 10 and 17, Nov. 7 and 21, and Dec. 5 and 19. Additional dates will be scheduled in 2015. A person with aphasia may join this group at any time.

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To learn more about this free communication group and to pre-register, please contact Wendy Greenspan, M.A., CCC-SLP at 973.530.3981 or by email at wgreenspan@adleraphasiacenter.org. For more information about the Adler Aphasia Center’s full-service programs in Maywood or West Orange, visit their website at www.adleraphasiacenter.org or call 201.368.8585.

About the Adler Aphasia Center

The Adler Aphasia Center, a non-profit organization based in Maywood and West Orange, is an innovative post-rehabilitative therapeutic program that addresses the long-term needs of people with aphasia and their families.

Aphasia is a language disorder caused by stroke or other brain injury. With almost 2,000,000 people diagnosed with aphasia in the U.S., it is the only center of its kind in the New York-New Jersey area. Considered the world leader in longterm, post-rehab community-based care for people with aphasia, this communication disorder affects 40 percent of all stroke and brain trauma survivors.

The Adler Aphasia Center at JCC MetroWest, our newest satellite program partially funded by The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey and the Grotta Fund for Senior Care of the Jewish Community Foundation of MetroWest NJ, opened its doors in May, 2012 in West Orange. The Center recently started its first aphasia communication group at the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center in Bridgewater in 2013.

The programs and activities offered at the Adler Aphasia Center and facilitated by speech language pathologists and healthcare professionals, all share the primary goals of enhancing the communication skills of its members and providing opportunities for social and peer support, while building members’ self-esteem and self-confidence. The Center also addresses the needs of the caregiver by providing support groups since this language disorder affects the entire family.

The Center offers training and educational programs in order to share its unique model of care with a national and international audience of health care professionals, consumers, educators, students, speech-language pathologists and others interested in improving the quality of life for those persons affected by aphasia. In addition, the Center is actively engaged in research efforts that examine the impact of its programs and offer innovative approaches to individual treatment.

Adler Aphasia Center has been awarded the 2013 Edward J. Ill Excellence in Medicine Award and the Rehabilitation Center of the Year at the 2011 NJBIZ Healthcare Heroes Award Program. The Center is also the recipient of the 2011 Nonprofit Leadership Award from Children’s Aid and Family Services. Founded in 2003 by Elaine and Mike Adler, its mission is simple: to be a vital resource to anyone whose life or profession is touched by aphasia.