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Organization: Aphasia Centre of Ottawa  
Phone Numbers: 613-567-1119
Crisis: 613-489-4131
Fax: 613-567-8930
2081 Merivale Rd, Ste 300
Ottawa, ON
K2G 1G9
Intersection: Merivale Rd and Amberwood Cres
Accessibility: Wheelchair Accessible    Wheelchair Accessible
Hours: Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm
Executives: Gillian Gailey - Executive Director
Kathy Stiell - Director, Family Support & Social Services
Public Contacts: Stephanie Isaacs - Volunteer Coordinator
Service Description: Community-based agency dedicated to the long-term support of people affected by aphasia, a language disorder that can occur in persons who have had a stroke and often after other injury to the brain * Speech-language pathologists, social workers and a communicative disorders assistant in partnership with other community-based professional colleagues and trained volunteers, provide programs to help people adjust to living with aphasia and to again be active participants in the community * Services are also available for people with Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)

  • Communication Therapy and Counselling Groups
  • Enhanced Professional Intervention and Co-Therapy Groups: For people who are re-entering the community following rehab/day hospital treatment * Participants meet once weekly over a 12-week period for two hours, in smaller groups of 3 to 4 people with professional intervention by a speech-language therapist, social worker and communicative disorders assistant
  • Supported Conversation Groups: Speech-language and social work staff supervise trained volunteers, who facilitate conversations in small groups of people who have aphasia * The primary focus of these groups is communication - the sharing and exchange of ideas by whatever means * In addition to speech, participants are encouraged to use gesture, drawing, facial expression and body language
  • Individual/Family and Group Speech-Language Therapy and Counselling: Support for everyday situations in the focus of therapy provided by speech language and social work staff * Individual therapy is often directed at enabling the person with aphasia to carry out a personal project * Examples of personal goals: accessing regular community activities * reconnecting with long-standing friends * regaining power of attorney * accessing emotional support * discussing medical issues with physicians * changing financial plans * Therapy can be provided on an individual basis or in small groups of two or three persons, where participants share common experiences * Persons with aphasia are assisted in creating Life History/Communication Books to facilitate communication with family, friends and other participants in ACO programs.
  • Counselling: Provided by a certified social worker who is a clinical member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy * Individual, couple, family, and group therapy available
  • Family Support Groups: Spouses and family members participate in a series of four sessions with up to 4 other couples. Provides a interactive and informative introduction to ACO and living with aphasia.
  • Physiotherapy Groups: Groups of three to four persons participate in one-hour individualized therapy programs, under the supervision of a physiotherapist and clinical trainer, with support from trained volunteers
  • Volunteer Training: Volunteers learn effective communication techniques for conversational partnerships with aphasic adults and to provide program support for the specific groups and individuals to whom they are assigned
  • Workshops and Information Seminars

Fees: Service - sliding fee scale
Application: Referrals to the Centre are made by a speech-language pathologist, a social worker or self referrals * also referrals from families, and from other qualified professionals are accepted, with speech-language pathology assessment to be arranged.

A physician's authorization and assessment by physiotherapist are required prior to starting physiotherapy programs
Eligibility / Target Population: Person 18 years and older who has aphasia as a result of stroke or head injury or other brain damage and the families, friends and caregivers of adults with aphasia and related communication difficulties.
Languages: English * French
Area Served:
Lanark County ; Renfrew County ; Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry United Counties ; Prescott and Russell United Counties ; North Grenville ; Ottawa (City of)  
See Also: Acquired Brain Injury
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias
Care for the Caregiver
Counselling - Family, Couple, Individual
Diseases and Conditions Support Groups
Rehabilitative Care - Hospital-Based Outpatient Therapy
Speech and Language

This information was last completely updated on September 4, 2018

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