SAM Aphasia Program
Aphasia is a language disorder which affects a person’s ability to communicate. It can occur after an injury to the brain such as a stroke. One third of people who sustain a stroke will experience some form of Aphasia. It can also be due to the degenerative condition of Primary Progressive Aphasia.
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SAM Aphasia Program is for adults with communication challenges of Aphasia due to a stroke, brain injury or brain illness.
*COVID-19 NOTICE: SAM (Adult Day Therapy Program): All programs are suspended until further notice
Aphasia is a language disorder affecting a person’s ability to communicate. It occurs after an injury to the brain such as a stroke. One third of people who sustain a stroke will experience some form of aphasia. It can also be due to the degenerative condition of Primary Progressive Aphasia.
The communication challenges resulting from aphasia can lead to social isolation and depression. The SAM Aphasia Program’s Supported Conversation Groups, run by a speech-language pathologist, enable people with aphasia to socialize, connect through conversations and feel more engaged with their community.
The SAM Aphasia Program is offered at two locations:
SAM East Program
Church of the Nativity, 1831 King Street East, Hamilton
Mondays: 8:00 am-3:30 pm
Thursdays: 8:00 am-3:30 pm
SAM Flamborough Program
Notre Dame Convent
1921 Snake Road, Waterdown
Tuesdays: 8:00 am-3:30 pm
Our Aphasia Program offers:
- Conversation groups run by a speech-language pathologist, communicative disorders assistant, social worker, trained staff and volunteers
- Aphasia-friendly social, recreational, and exercise activities
- A noon meal
- Assistance with personal care, including medications
- Assistance with transportation
- Support for caregivers
- Aphasia education for Living Well with Aphasia and Partner Conversation Training
- Community aphasia education and conversation training
- Ongoing social worker access
- Support groups for both people with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) and their partners/ family members/ friends