Letters to Survivors
The Writing Group meets Wednesday mornings from 11:00 – 12:00 and focuses on improving the writing skills of each individual through group and individual projects. Writing can to by hand or via the computer and the members vary with regard to what aspect of writing they need help with. This includes but is not limited to improving spelling, grammar and sentence structure. We also work on organization and word choice in order to convey information. All of these skills will help us communicate better.
The Speech Group meets on Fridays from 10:00-12:00 and helps individuals who have difficulty producing clear (problems like dysarthria ) speech. The focus is on trying to improve the clarity of their speech so it could be understood by others. This is done through group and individual presentations and conversation. It has been shown in the past that this format can provide a breakthrough in speech and confidence.
The Communication Group meets Wednesdays from 2:00 – 4:00 and helps individuals improve their speaking, listening, thinking, and overall communication. Individuals focus their issues and concerns in large and small group format, through common projects, word games, role-playing, and having a conversation. Another focus at the Communication Group is to make longer sentences. This group is more geared toward individuals who have difficulty with their language.
The Book Club meets on Thursdays from 10-12 and provides guided reading support for people with acquired reading difficulties. This particular group presupposes that members have the ability to read and have at least some comprehension ability. Memory and organizational supports are provided within the group and in between meetings. The books from Book Club are classic and important books that were picked by the group. The books that have been read are: Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bredbury, and State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. Future books might include crime, science fiction, history, or other genres.
Who We Are
Julie Hart, M.S.
Director of TBI Medicaid Waiver Services
ILST & SDP Leader
Joyce Gergich, M.S.
Melissa Capo, M.S.
ILST & SDP Leader
Additional Group Members
Communication Group Helps People with Traumatic Brain Injury Restore Speech, Re-build Confidence
Life After Brain Injury and Stroke