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Commending Paul Berger

 Paul Named Virginia Advocate of the Year
AHA's "You're the Cure" Honor
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 Fairfax Caregiver


Democratic Senators Debbie Stabenow and Robert Menendez joined health advocates (Stephanie and Paul) at a press conference. Click here for details.

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Paul Berger presenting the patient’s view at NEMA’s program on new technology.  The panel moderator was TV commentator Morton Krondracke.  Click here for details.

Aphasic Stroke Survivor Paul E. Berger &
Caregiver Stephanie Mensh

Keynotes and Presentations

What People Are Saying
10 Ways Participants Benefit From Presentations
List of Paul and Stephanie’s Speeches and

List of TV and Newspaper Interviews
The Medical Device and Regulatory Compliance
       Congress Harvard University Campus

Paul's unique style of overcoming severe aphasia to deliver a passionate message and Stephanie's energy and enthusiasm show participants how to regain control of their lives to achieve their goals and dreams.  In joint presentations, the chemistry of their  relationship demonstrates how supporting each others' independence can make every team strong and successful.

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Presentations to Regain Control


Details below for each topic.

  • Getting Your Life Back After Stroke: For Stroke Survivors & Caregivers
  • You Can Do It! Three Things to Give You Motivation
  • Setting and Achieving Goals for a Balanced Life
  • Humor When You Have Stroke & Aphasia
  • Returning to Work After Stroke & Aphasia

Presentations for Caregivers
Details below for each topic.

  • How to Succeed in Life When Your Spouse Has Stroke & Aphasia
  • How to Communicate When Your Spouse Has Aphasia.

Presentations for Professionals & Students
Details below for each topic.

  • What Professionals Need to Know
  • Inspiring Graduating Professionals
  • How Therapists Help Survivors Succeed

In the many years since Paul’s stroke at age 36, he has focused his positive energies on following his dreams, writing and speaking out. Paul does this while using strategies to overcome severe aphasia-a stroke-related language impairment. He has an impressive variety of presentations he's made to professional and consumer audiences of all sizes.

    What People Are Saying

"Congratulations to Paul Berger and his wife, Stephanie Mensh, on the 20th anniversary of Paul's book, How to Conquer the World with One Hand... and an Attitude. On March 9 there was a grand celebration of this important anniversary at the Rockville location of Stroke Comeback Center... Congratulations to Paul for demonstrating that the right attitude assists you down the path to living successfully after stroke." - Darlene Williamson, Executive Director, Stroke Comeback Center, Virginia and Maryland

"Your positive message had everyone feeling inspired. Thank you for helping to make our workshop such a wonderful success! We hope to work with you again in the future." - Brian Glaser, MSW, Regional Education Director, American Heart Association, New Jersey

    "I hope your messages are heard and heeded by those that attended your talks. I would be glad to recommend your program."  - Conway Chin, DO, Medical Director of Physical and Rehabilitation Services, Genesis Health System, Davenport, Iowa

 "Paul's story was very movingDespite his obvious disabilities, he communicated clearly and concisely the message that, while the state-of-the-art care saved his life when he had his stroke 20 years ago, if he had presented with the same symptoms today at the same hospital, advances in medical technology would have definitely increased the likelihood that he would have emerged much less disabled. Hearing his story first-hand reinforced the value of medical technology, particularly imaging, and why it's so important not to lose this message in the debate over costs."- Laurel Sweeney, Senior Director, Reimbursement & Legislative Affairs, Philips Medical Systems, Andover, Massachusetts

    I just heard you speak at Iona, in Washington DC. Your quest and successes have inspired me to seek continued growth. I thank you for presenting a personal experience, your personal and your marriage experience,the ups and downs in a manner that makes it "recognizable" for others who have had a stroke and are determined to conquer their life back. - Elida Bessalel, Bethesda, Maryland

"It was refreshing to hear you both speak. Thank you both for being a guiding light." - Craig D. Rosenberg, Stroke Survivor, Florida

    "Paul's speech at my department's graduation ceremony was both inspiring and moving. If any of the over 40 graduates had any doubt about why they chose to be speech-language pathologists, Paul confirmed their decision.- Molly Tebo, 2002 Graduate, University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire

Presentations to Regain Control

Getting Your Life Back After Stroke: For Stroke Survivors & Caregivers. This inspiring keynote provides motivation and tips for survivors, caregivers, family,  friends  and  professionals. Participations will learn how to get your life back after stroke by setting goals, taking responsibility, and communicating. With real life tips on:  1. Rehabilitation, 2.  Return to Work or School, and 3. Hobbies & Volunteering.

You Can Do It! Three Things to Give You Motivation. If Paul can do it, you can do it too! This popular keynote and workshop presentation has inspired audiences, especially survivors and family, to take control of their lives. Participants will learn how to use Paul's three steps to overcome challenges, return to the activities they enjoyed before, and build a fulfilling new life.  In joint presentations, participants will also learn how to use Stephanie's three steps to help survivors succeed while caregivers reinvent their lives too. Available on video and DVD.

Setting and Achieving Goals for a Balanced Life.
Paul provides a unique five-step approach that will show participants how to set short term and long term goals to succeed in rehabilitation, recovery and reintegration into family and community life, school and work. Participants learn how to set goals to achieve their dreams. In joint presentations, participants will also learn how to use Stephanie's five steps to focus on outcomes that will improve the survivor's, caregivers's and family's enjoyment of life.  Click here for a draft CEU summary.

Humor When You Have Stroke & Aphasia.
Paul tells his favorite funny things that can happen when you live with a paralyzed arm and language problems from stroke and aphasia.  Participants will learn how to use humor as a powerful tool to improve results from therapy, do better at work, and enjoy life more. In joint presentations, participants will also learn how to use Stephanie's positive approach to funny situations to improve the caregiver's and family's relationship with the stroke survivor.

Returning to Work After Stroke & Aphasia.
Paul is proof that returning to school and work are attainable goals, even with significant disabilities after stroke and aphasia.  Participants will learn how to take control of job hunting and employment resources to succeed in finding a job. In joint presentations, participants will also learn how to use Stephanie's tips to support the survivor's successful return to work and improve the caregiver's career options.

Presentations for Caregivers

How to Succeed in Life When Your Spouse Has Stroke & Aphasia. Stephanie's skills as a professional advocate and organizer served her well in coping with the impact of Paul's stroke and aphasia on her life. Participants will be uplifted by her positive, can-do attitude and will learn how to apply her three-step approach to succeed in having more time to achieve the caregiver's personal goals while helping the survivor to succeed in his goals, and enjoying a loving relationship.Click here for a draft CEU summary. Available on video and DVD.

How to Communicate When Your Spouse Has Aphasia.
Stephanie and Paul had only been married for four years when Paul had his stroke.  Nineteen years later, they attribute their happy marriage to their ability to communicate, despite Paul's severe aphasia. Participants learn how to use Stephanie's ten tips to improve communication with the survivor to achieve better understanding of each other's needs and concerns. In joint presentations, participants will also learn how to use Paul's tips to succeed in expressing thoughts and feelings.Click here for a draft CEU summary.

Presentations for Professionals & Students

The above presentations can be tailored to professionals and students.  The following topics are focused on professionals.

What Professionals Need to Know.
Paul had more than eight years of speech, physical and occupational therapy, and continues to benefit from occasional sessions.  Participants will learn how to apply Paul and Stephanie's seven-step approach to motivate clients to get more out of therapy. Participants will also learn how to stretch therapy resources to help clients achieve greater functional results and a better quality of life.Click here for a draft CEU summary.

Inspiring Graduating Professionals.
Paul's keynote speech to graduates who will pursue a career in speech language pathology, occupational or physical therapy, nursing,  or physical medicine provides motivation and tips to be better clinicians, and demonstrates to the graduates and their families how this career choice will directly improve the lives of survivors.

How Therapists Help Survivors Succeed. Paul views therapy as coaching sessions, not cures. Participants will learn how to apply Paul's three-step approach to building relationships between speech pathologists, and physical and occupational therapists and their clients to achieve therapy success and a better quality of life. In joint presentations, participants will also learn how to use Stephanie's three steps for professionals to work with caregivers and families to maximize therapy and results.

Invite Paul to deliver a message of hope, humor, or practical advice.

Presentations customized to suit your group...

  • Annual Meeting Programs
  • Professional & Student Training
  • Club Meetings
  • Sales Meetings
  • Fundraisers & Events
  • Association & Board Meetings
  • Special Projects
  • Support Groups
  • Conferences

Paul's presentations, in addition to prepared remarks tailored to your groups interests, can also include a 5-minute video, questions-and-answers, and book-signing.

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You are marvels!  I just read the newsletter ... and it is simply priceless (I always read them, and they are all noteworthy, but this one is beyond good.)  Paul, your book is in my book as something that all clinicians should have, read, pass on (ie, make them buy) to their clients.
 -Audrey Holland, Professor Emerita,University of Arizona

I came across your website today and just wanted to congratulate you on providing a helpful resource for stroke survivors and healthcare professionals.
     -Marisca Baldwin, The Pat Arato Aphasia Centre, Toronto,,Canada

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