Adler Aphasia Center: A Comprehensive Therapeutic Resource for the Aphasia Community in Maywood, NJ & West Orange, NJ.
How we help people with Aphasia:
Aphasia robs stroke and brain injury survivors of their ability to communicate. Aphasia cuts people of from their family, friends , healthcare providers and everyday life. The Adler Aphasia Center provides a long term comprehensive therapeutic environment of innovative programs for people with aphasia and is staffed by licensed speech-language pathologists and trained professionals. Through life skill activities that focus on conversation and communication, the arts, fitness, technology and more, our program helps our members:
*Improve their communication skills;
*Exercise their cognitive skills;
*Build their self-esteem and confidence;
*Make new social connections;
*Enhance their quality of life.
How we help Caregivers and families:
We offer caregiver and family support groups that are facilitated by a Life Coach. These groups focus on mutual encouragement and building strategies to cope with the challenges of aphasia.
A Day at Adler Aphasia Center:
*members with aphasia attend 5 hours a day twice a week, participating in 3 groups a day.
*members can choose from a variety of groups to include: communication skills, current events discussion, handwriting and spelling, drama, choral singing, jewelry and gift design, technology, photography, execise, movies, advocacy and more.
*members benefit by learning to cope with the challenges of aphasia, by practicing their speaking, by learning alternative communication strategies and by socializing with others with aphasia.
*the center charges a nominal fee per day for services and programs. Scholarships are available-no one is turned away for their inability to pay.
What else do we offer at the Adler Aphasia Center?
*we offer state of the art technology that incorporates aphasia-friendly software and mobile devices such as iPads. This program build our members’ knowledge and communications skills as they email, Skype, use social media and access internet information.
*we provide research-based individual treatment and therapies to improve verbal output.
*we provide an opportunity for members to re-invent themselves by learning a craft through Something Special, a member-run store that designs and creates hand-crafted jewelry and gift items. Through this outlet, member can participate in sales events, advocate for aphasia and become an active member of the community again while building their self-esteem.
*we partner with area medical schools, universities and health systems to educate healthcare professionals and students about the challenges of aphasia, providing them with strategies to communicate with patients with aphasia.
*we conduct research to demonstrate the effectiveness of our model of care and to expand the understanding of aphasia rehabilitation. Our research is showing significant improvements in functional language skills and perceived quality of life among our members, after just one year of participation in our program.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How do I join the Adler Aphasia Center in Maywood or West Orange?
We welcome people of all ages who have been diagnosed with aphasia. Depending on the closest location to you, call (201) 368-8585 to set up a tour for Maywood or call (973) 530-3981 to tour our West Orange facility. Our tours will provide you with more information about our Center and how it will help in your recovery.
Do you offer aphasia groups in other communities beyond Bergen and Essex counties?
We provide aphasia communications groups throughout NJ. Please call (201) 368-8585 for more information about locations.
Do you provide transportation to the Maywood or West Orange Centers?
We have information available about assisted transportation programs in NJ. Options are reviewed in detail during your tour.
How Can you help:
*donate to support our Scholarship Fund to provide low-cost services to those in need.
*donate to support applied research program and expand our advocacy, education and training initiatives.
*purchase a handcrafted product designed by our members with aphasia at our Something Special stores in Maywood, make a purchase on our website http://www.SomethingSpecialAphasia.org or host a Something Special party in your home.
*Volunteer to facilitate groups, help with special events, act as a computer or communication partner for our members or become an ambassador and spread the word about aphasia.
Adler Aphasia Center
60 West Hunter Avenue
Maywood, NJ 07607
Adler Aphasia Center at JCC MetroWest
760 Northfield Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
Adler Aphasia Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization.
*Aphasia: is a language disorder caused by damage to the brain, most often from stroke or head injury. Aphasia may affect the ability to communicate through speech, writing, reading and understanding, but does not affect a person’s intellect.
Disclaimer: all the information for this blog comes straight off the Adler Aphasia Center Pamphlet. I have not used the service so my opinion is neither good or bad. Please call the center for more information or schedule a tour.