Aphasia Camp is just 2 months away!

The Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group is proud to collaborate with Mayo Clinic Health Systems – Eau Claire, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire Communication Sciences & Disorders department, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire College of Education & Health Sciences for the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp!

The 14th annual Chippewa Valley Aphasia Camp takes place on September 15th – 17th, 2017!!!! See images below of the brochure and registration form. To register electronically, follow this link:
Aphasia Camp Registration

Contact Mary Beth Clark at Mayo Clinic Health System Rehabilitation Services at

(715) 838-1725 or clark.marybeth1@mayo.edu for more information or for a brochure.

Also check out the Camp Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/aphasiacamp/


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Aphasia Hacks

The National Aphasia Association has a list of “aphasia hacks” that they have started on their website!

What are “aphasia hacks”?  They describe it like this….”They’re the tricks that you have up your sleeve to communicate.” Some examples include:  carrying a card in your wallet to explain what aphasia is or using a notebook to write things down.

Do you have any strategies that help you communicate in your daily life?  If so, click here National Aphasia Association to go to their website and add your input!


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Aphasia Group Book Club


Book selection:

“Four undocumented teenagers, one ugly robot and the battle for the American Dream”

Book club dates:
1/20 10:30-12:00
2/3 10:30-12:00
2/17 10:30-12:00
3/3: Book Club Celebration!

How many members participated: Five aphasia group members


Members identified reasons to participate: “learn to read” “love to read” “volunteer at Library”

What did we do?
We shared our favorite parts of the book!
We read aloud and shared information from the study guides. See below
We shared opinions and perspectives on the characters.
We completed a character board.
We shared personal stories and talked HISTORY .
We celebrated and watched the DVD, Spare Parts!!!

Book Club rating: 4/5 stars

Spare Parts Worksheets to inspire!

Page 31 to page 112 :
What are the two magnet programs at Carl Hayden High School?
-Marine Science and Computer Science
-Shakespeare and Marketing
-History of the American revolution and Spanish American History

Who is Fredi Lajvardi?
-Disco Dancer at the Catalina Trailer Court
-Program Manager of the Marine Science Class
-Christian’s Uncle from Mexicali

What was the focus of the American Border Patrol in 2004?
-Hunting animals along the border
-Building parks for migrant families
-Migrant children

Who is Ramiro Vazquez?
-Oscar’s Father
-Teacher at Carl Hayden
-Border Patrolman

What did Oscar, Lorenzo and Christian want to build ?
-Rocket ships

Why did Fredi have to pull back from his work at Carl Hayden?
-His children required more care
-Didn’t want to be there anymore

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2016 Holiday Christmas Lights Tour/Party

It may have been cold last night, but we still enjoyed Christmas lights and some great trivia and snacks!  Thank you to all who attended!  A great time was had by all!

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Poster Presentation at the American Speech and Hearing Association’s Convention in Philadelphia!

On November 18th, Carin Keyes and Tom Sather, both SLPs who work with the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group, presented a poster on the Postcrossing project/club.

The Postcrossing Coffee Club has been meeting now for about 1 year.  We have received over 50 postcards from around the world!  The purpose of our club is to make more people aware of aphasia one postcard at a time!  We also use the postcard writing task to help with communication practice.

Below is the poster that was presented.  We received a Meritorious Poster Award.  The award is given to presentations that show extraordinary, exceptional, and innovative work.

Postcrossing with an Aphasia Group

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New Graduate Clinician

The most recent member of the list of people acting as student volunteers
for the Chippewa Valley aphasia group is Sam Furman. A Winneconnee native,
she has three children. Alyssa 19, Corrina 17, and Ryan 14. They make
their home in an apartment building in Chippewa Falls.
Sam has her bachelors degree from UW Stevens Point, and is on schedule to
earn her parchment from UWEC’s master’s program in the spring of ’17.

Her hobbies include reading cooking, and sewing. The last of which has
gotten her involved in costuming. That activity has gotten her into events
of that nature in Madison and Milwaukee.

She also has traveled to Italy.

She is a fun and enthusiastic addition to group.


Written by Rob Gaulke

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Painting: Trying something new?

One of the goals of the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group is to get “back into life” by participating in activities that one had done prior to acquiring aphasia.  Another important goal in recovery is trying new activities; even ones that you’ve never done before in your life!

Today many of our group members did just that!  We all worked very hard on our paintings with a bit of guidance from a staff member.  Creativity was flowing as you can see in the pictures posted below!  Art is a great way to express oneself and I think we’ll do more of this in the future!


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November 6, 2015

Today we began our new adventure in postcard writing!  We joined an online group of individuals that send and receive postcards to/from random people around the world!


Letter writing is becoming a lost art, but it is such a nice personal greeting to get in your mailbox!

Why do this in our aphasia group??  

1.  This project will help us practice our functional reading and writing skills.

2.  It is fun to receive mail from different countries!

3.  We are also hoping that people will become educated about aphasia in the process of reading about our group.

Below are a few pictures from our first postcard writing session!




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Post-Stroke and Aphasia Friendly Workout/Stretches

John Reuter, a Kinesiology Major at UWEC, was gracious enough to present some great information today about specific exercises for people who have one sided weakness (as well as for those of us who need to exercise in general).  He was able to demonstrate the exercises and define which muscles were being used.

Click on the link below to see his handout on how to complete each exercise.


Post-Stroke and Aphasia Friendly Workout-Stretches


Everyone left with some new knowledge and “homework” to try out.

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Strike Out Stroke

On May 29, 2015 the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group presented a poster board at the Eau Claire Express Baseball Game.  Our goal is to make people aware of “aphasia” and what it means.  The photo below shows some of our group members at the event.


Before the game, we had our Spring Picnic and presented Tom Hintgen MA CCC/SLP, former director and founder of the Chippewa Valley Aphasia Group, with a scrapbook for all of his hard work and countless hours of volunteer time.  Our members and staff each made a personal page that expressed their gratitude towards Tom.

L-R: Tom Sather, Tom Hintgen, Susan Hintgen

L-R: Tom Sather, Tom Hintgen, Susan Hintgen

All pictures in this blog post are taken by Rachel Lacey Nollfrom, posted with permission from Eau Claire Express.

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