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Aphasia Access Conversations

How We’re Reducing Communication Barriers

Aphasia Access Conversations brings you the latest aphasia resources, tips, and aha moments from Life Participation professionals who deliver way more than stroke and aphasia facts. Topics include aphasia group treatment ideas, communication access strategies, plus ways for growing awareness and funds for your group aphasia therapy program. This podcast is produced by Aphasia Access.

Jun 9, 2020

During this episode, Jerry Hoepner, a faculty member in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, speaks with Wayne Zorn, CeCelia Zorn, and their speech-language pathologist Tania Riske, about primary progressive aphasia. They also discuss the trio’s article, “Three Voices at the Table.”

Wayne Zorn is a man of many dimensions. As others discover who he is, they find a person with a giving heart, a curious, precise, and engineering mind, and a fun-loving soul. CeCelia and Wayne met in high school in rural northeastern Wisconsin. Married for 45 years, CeCelia brings a threefold background to our discussion about PPA. CeCelia strives for a life enriched by kindness, joy, perseverance, curiosity, patience, and collaboration.

Tania Riske is a speech-language pathologist at Mayo Health Systems – Eau Claire. She initially entered the speech language pathology field through her volunteer work with the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Communication Sciences and Disorders Program. Tania continues to enjoy treating patients with aphasia and their families within the LPAA Paradigm.

In this episode you will:

  • Learn about living successfully with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) from an individual with PPA, his partner, and their speech-language pathologist.
  • Learn about examples of participating in personally relevant activities like singing, travel, and golfing – along with what it takes for this to happen through collaborations between an individual with PPA, his partner, and their speech-language pathologist.
  • Learn about following the lead of the individual with PPA and his partner as context and vehicle for authentic, person-focused interventions.
  • Learn how this trio implemented collaborative interventions and authentic steps they took in that process.
  • Learn about how to engage community partners in meaningful, participation-based collaborations.
  • Learn about the challenges this couple has encountered and the positive way they have addressed those challenges.

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