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HOW TO JOIN

HOW TO JOIN

STEP ONE

INITIAL TOUR AND BRIEFING

Maywood & West Orange Centers

If you or a loved one has a diagnosis of aphasia, contact the Adler Aphasia Center to set up a tour. For Maywood, call (201) 368-8585.  For West Orange call (973) 530-3981.  See below for criteria for Center membership. On this FREE tour, you will meet with a speech pathologist to learn about the Adler Aphasia Center’s programs. You are encouraged to stay for the morning to observe or participate in our Core Program.

The Center does not provide transportation. However, we can provide information to assist members in obtaining transportation to and from the Center. Please speak with the Center’s Administrative Assistant for transportation needs.

Aphasia Communication Groups (Bridgewater, Hammonton, Maywood, Monroe Twp., Morristown, Scotch Plains & Toms River)

If you are interested in the twice monthly Aphasia Communication Groups, call (973) 530-3981 for more information and for a brief screening over the phone. (For the Maywood ACG only call (201) 368-8585). 

STEP TWO

APHASIA EDUCATION PROGRAM

This 4-day program is a prerequisite for membership in our Core Program in Maywood only, but may be attended by those participating in our West Orange program and our Aphasia Communication Groups throughout the state. The program meets 4 consecutive mornings from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm for people with aphasia and their spouses, family members, and/or caregivers. This program may also be attended as an educational program only for those not interested in joining the Center. During the program, you will:

  • Meet others with aphasia in a small group setting
  • Learn more about aphasia and its characteristics
  • Learn about community resources in the area
  • Learn and practice communication strategies
  • Receive support for families and caregivers
  • Receive an introductory technology/computer session

 

The Aphasia Education Program is offered 3 times a year. The cost is $150. This includes the person with aphasia and any family, caregiver or friends who would like to attend.

For more information contact Karen Castka at 201-368-8585 or email kcastka@adleraphasiacenter.org.

Please note, Adler Aphasia Center in West Orange accepts new members on an ongoing basis, but a tour is still required prior to enrollment. Contact Sharon Glaser, M.S, CCC-SLP at sglaser@adleraphasiacenter.org or call her at 973.530.3981 to set up a tour of our West Orange program, located at the JCC MetroWest.

STEP THREE

CORE PROGRAMMING OF THE ADLER APHASIA CENTER

Maywood and West Orange Center members attend the Core Program 2 days per week on a semester basis (15 weeks in a semester). A wide variety of discussion and skill building groups, support groups, computer and technology activities are offered in addition to hands-on, interactive groups such as art, cooking, drama and exercise. Groups are facilitated by licensed speech language pathologists, trained staff and volunteers.

Tuition charges are $30 per day. Financial assistance may be considered.

CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP

Individuals accepted into the Adler Aphasia Center’s introductory program must meet the following criteria:

  • Must have completed a tour and evaluation at the Center
  • Must have a documented diagnosis of aphasia
  • Concomitant disorders (apraxia, dysarthria, cognitive-linguistic deficits) may exist but must not be more prominent than the aphasia or prohibit the individual from actively participating and benefiting from Center activities (i.e., dementia)
  • Must be able to sustain adequate alertness/attention to group activities for an hour
  • Must not demonstrate behaviors that are disruptive or offensive to other members/staff (e.g., extreme emotional lability, wandering, violent outbursts)
  • Must be able to exchange information (even if it’s very difficult or limited)
  • Must have access to transportation to/from the Center during programming hours (10:00 am- 2:30 pm)
  • Must be independent in ADL’s (toileting, ambulation, eating) or be accompanied by a caregiver. The caregiver must be available to the member at all times while present.

 

Individuals who have completed the Aphasia Education Program may then choose to join the Center on a semester basis in compliance with the above criteria. Speech pathology staff have the right to deem a candidate unsuitable for membership based on the above criteria.