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Through the activities at its Centers, the Foundation delivers services in communication rehabilitation and social re-integration with a view to improve the quality of life of persons with aphasia and their families, thus linking with community health and social services. After receiving conventional speech therapy and motor rehabilitation, patients experience an existential and care gap the family must often fill.

From 2019 the two Centers become indipendet. The Aphasia Experimental Laboratory and the Aphasia and the Social Coopertaive  CIRP operate according to different methodological criteria and collaborate with the Foundation into the reasearch and the social assistence fields.

 

 


 The Aphasia Experimental Laboratory carries out rehabilitation programs with a focus on

  • Planning of a personal rehabilitation pathway to develop new communication strategies and skills
  • Stimulating emotional and cognitive capacities through group activities to help overcome social withdrawan
  • Supporting role change and social reintegration
  • Providing support to families of people with aphasia during therapy and rehabilitation, helping them to make realistic expectations about treatment and to learn copings strategies for adjusting to aphasia

 

Treatment methods

The treatment approach primarily focuses on therapeutic and small group activities.

 

Groups

The activities are carried out in small groups.

Before participating in group activities, patients undergo a screening test to determine the grade of deficit,  their neurological, psychological and relational condition.

 

Rehabilitation pathways

 

  • Practical-functional communication groups
    Communication skills laboratory for patients with severe  and mild  deficits
  • Neuropsychology laboratory
  •         Expression therapyArt therapy laboratory
    Dance movement
    Music therapy
  • Recreational activities
    Reading newspapers and conversation
    Watching videos
  • Psychological services for patients with acquired deficit
    Support for people with acquired deficits
    Support for families of people with acquired deficits
  • Continuity of care
    In collaboration with the Speech, Language and Hearing Service - Molinette Hospital.

 

 


 

 

 

The activities of the Aphasia Center CIRP may be divided into four separate yet complementary macroareas:

Clinical intervention, social and community-based intervention, social training intervention, and research.

 

Clinical interventions (addressed to people with aphasia and their families) encompasses
1) Psychological intervention and individual and/or group psychotherapy
2) Group rehabilitation with narrative conversation utilizing verbal communication
3) Expression groups – Alfabeto Teatro (rehabilitation/reorganization of communication skills); NarrAzioni teatrali (playwriting and socialization); Percorso Cinema
4) Accompaniment and social reintegration

 

Social and community-based interventions (awareness raising about aphasia)
Meetings  at local town halls and public libraries in Turin
Training and counseling for volunteers

 

Social training interventions
Training of caregivers in supported conversation for adults with aphasia (SCA) techniques
Personal training and collaboration with the Stroke Unit Psychology Service