Aphasia is a communication disorder that can affect speaking, reading, writing, and understanding language. It is usually acquired following a stroke or other brain injury. People who have aphasia know what they want to say but may have difficulty saying it. Frustration and social isolation can easily occur as individuals struggle to communicate.
About the Center
Founded in 1996, the MossRehab Aphasia Center meets the long-term communication and psychosocial needs of individuals who have been affected by aphasia. It is a warm and welcoming place where people can find information and peer support, as well as participate in ongoing research and treatment.
The Aphasia Center provides focused and meaningful intervention at strategic points in the recovery process. This can occur through short-term outpatient therapy in the Advance Clinical Therapy (ACT) program, through the various groups and classes in the Aphasia Activity Center, or through participation in research at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI).
MossRehab Aphasia Center was founded on several basic principles:
- Recovery from aphasia involves a life-long process of re-education, adaptation and support.
- Under the right conditions, people with aphasia can continue to recover even years after onset of aphasia.
- Participating in social, recreational and educational activities reduces isolation and helps people with aphasia and their families make psychosocial adjustments
- Individuals with aphasia and their families can play an important role in increasing public awareness of aphasia.
MossRehab Aphasia Center programs and services include:
Advanced Clinical Therapy Program (ACT). The Advanced Clinical Therapy (ACT) Program is a specialized outpatient therapy program developed for people with chronic or persisting aphasia (greater than six months).
Aphasia Activity Center. Social interaction facilitates rehabilitation. The Aphasia Activity Center is a place where people with aphasia can meet, socialize and use their communication skills in a safe, supportive environment.
Aphasia Research. At the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), scientists and clinicians conduct studies to gain a better understanding of aphasia and how to treat it. People with aphasia may be eligible to volunteer for one or more of these research studies.
Clinical Director: Sharon M. Antonucci, Ph.D. CCC-SLP
Administrative Coordinator: Mary Detwiler
- Karen R. Cohen, MSPA, CCC-SLP
- Paula R. Sobel, MA, CCC-SLP
- Adelyn Brecher, M.S., CCC-SLP
Help support the work of the Aphasia Center. Click on the button below to access the donation form. Select “Aphasia Center” under “Designation.”