Marywood University’s Aphasia Group wins award

First Posted: 11/12/2014

Marywood University’s Aphasia Group, under the direction of Marla Kovatch, clinical instructor for the communication sciences and disorders (CSD) department at Marywood University, was awarded Outstanding Support Group by the 2014 Raising Awareness in Stroke Excellence (RAISE) Award Committeee.

The committee announced seven winners from more than 460 nominations. The winners were named across various categories, including Most Creative, Most Impactful, Outstanding Group and more.

Marywood University’s Aphasia Group offers free, community-service support. The group includes people living with stroke at any stage of their recovery, as well as family members and caregivers. Through group discussion, organized language, and reading skills, the group aims to encourage independence while maximizing speech, language, and reading skills.

Every member of the Aphasia Group is paired with a speech-language pathology graduate student who assists the individual needs and skills of the person with aphasia. The group provides ways to challenge their members in speech, language, and literacy, while offering inspiration, motivation, and empowerment.

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