Support Groups and Other Resources

Group treatment programs emphasize the facilitation of communication in natural situations, and provide social support for people with communication disorders and their friends and family.

The MAGIC (Modalities Aphasia Group – Improving Communication) group meets Thursday evenings at the Wendell Johnson Speech and Hearing Center. The Spring 2020 MAGIC flyer has meeting dates and other details. The goal of this group is to provide support and education to individuals with aphasia and their family members. Participants with aphasia will also have an opportunity to practice their communication skills.

 

MAGIC group
The MAGIC group's activities include games, discussions, and egg-drop challenges, all while being supported by graduate student clinicians in their neuro team rotation. Those with aphasia and their families were encouraged to let their inner artists come out during a painting session.

A previous group created MAGIC Advocacy posters, which reflect the clients' responses when the grad students asked them what they would want other people to know about aphasia. 

Aphasia Reading Club at the University of Iowa (ARC)
ARC is a weekly opportunity to practice and enjoy reading in a supportive environment.  This group is intended for people with mild to moderate aphasia who continue to experience difficulties with reading comprehension.  A variety of reading strategies and support are used to promote understanding of print at levels chosen according to individual ability. The group meets on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5 p.m. See the Spring 2020 ARC flyer for more information and the schedule of meeting dates.

Jocelen Hamilton and graduate students in the speech-language pathology program facilitate the MAGIC and ARC groups.

Helpful Resources

UIHC offers a Stroke Support Group at their Iowa River Landing site in Room 0301 each Wednesday of the month from 10-11 a.m. Stroke survivors and their caretakers are welcome.

Singing Friends meets on Wednesdays from 4-5 pm in the lowest level of the Mercy Plaza building. Contact Marcia before attending to get more information at marcia.akeson@gmail.com or 319-331-5260.

Internet Learning: Use the search box and type in "aphasia" to easily find information.

Links to Helpful Resources
Website Description
www.strokeboard.net Strokenet Message Board contains lots of information about aphasia. Great Caregiver resource.
www.stroke.org National Stroke Association - many links to other aphasia sites are provided here.
www.aphasia.org National Aphasia Association--Good networking source, with information and links to other sites.
www.aphasiahope.org Aphasia Hope Foundation has published nearly 50 essays from stroke survivors and their caregivers, friends and speech-language professionals