Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credit description:
How to Enjoy a Balanced Life When You Have Aphasia - An Insider's Perspective
a presentation by Paul E. Berger
Target audience: Therapists and other medical and health care providers; vocational counselors; students who work with persons who have disabilities; and survivors and family members/caregivers of people with aphasia.
Description: This presentation/workshop provides a unique perspective on enjoying a balanced life from the patient and family's point of view, with a focus on pursuing life-long and new interests, hobbies, arts and crafts, and sports. Participants will engage in an interactive activity for all levels of communication abilities. Materials will promote creativity and a positive approach. Be inspired while you learn practical tips from a person with aphasia who has spent more than 15 years on the front lines. Approximately 1 hour.
Objectives: Participants will gain an understanding of: (1) the importance of pursuing interests, hobbies, arts and crafts, and sports in improving the quality of life and community re-integration for people with aphasia; (2) techniques and a demonstration of how to return to and/or begin new interests, for all levels of communication abilities, and all levels of financial ability; (3) how interest groups can be formed by people with aphasia, and/or found in the community; and (4) the availability of local, state and national resources.
Speakers: Paul E. Berger is a stroke survivor with severe aphasia, winner of the 1999 Award for Individual Achievement from the National Council on Communication Disorders, and author of the nationally-acclaimed book, How to Conquer the World With One Hand...And an Attitude, detailing 15 years of stroke recovery, rehabilitation, and reintegration. His interests include: model trains (and a layout in his basement), political action (including membership in the citizen's group, ProSpace), self-improvement through Toastmasters, community volunteering through the Stroke Comeback Center, American Heart Association, Rotary, and NARFE, and reading non-fiction books on history, urban affairs, politics and current affairs. Paul's book is recommended reading by a growing number of university speech and occupational therapy programs. Paul has delivered 45 professional presentations. For more information, visit his website at: www.StrokeSurvivor.com.