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CENTER OVERVIEW

CENTER OVERVIEW

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

1.  Center Speech-Language Pathologists provide direct services for people with aphasia and their families.

The Adler Aphasia Center is a place where people can connect with others who have been diagnosed with aphasia. Our Center was among the first pioneers in 2003 to use group treatment focusing on regaining conversational skills and re-engagement in life, called the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA). Our Center members are developing alternate strategies to help them better communicate and enhance their quality of life. By empowering our members to participate in their recovery process, we offer supportive interventions that allow them to more rapidly return to an active life.

Recognizing that family caregivers are confronted with challenges when living with a loved one with aphasia, our Center is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the families and the caregivers through professional support. The Center’s caregiver support groups help our caregivers to learn effective coping skills, build a strong support network, and find respite.

2. We conduct research to prove the impact of our programs and services.

The Adler Aphasia Center is committed to demonstrating the effectiveness of our program model and adding to the current understanding about aphasia. We continue to measure the impact of our service model through conducting annual speech evaluations of our members as well as satisfaction surveys of our members and caregivers. These evaluations and surveys continue to show the positive impact of our program on our member’s functional communication and quality of life.

3. We offer community outreach and education and training to the community in order to advocate for those with aphasia.

The Adler Aphasia Center recognizes the lack of public awareness about aphasia and the need that people with aphasia, family members/caregivers, healthcare professionals, and the broad community, have for relevant information about aphasia. Our members with aphasia are actively involved in these advocacy, community outreach, and education efforts.

Throughout the greater NJ/NY region, we are teaching healthcare professionals, students, service employees and the general public about the challenges of aphasia and training them in strategies to help them communicate with and effectively serve the needs of those with aphasia. Center members participate by assisting in training healthcare visitors to sensitize and educate them, reducing communication barriers between aphasia patients and their doctors.

4. We offer an extraordinary volunteer experience.

The Adler Aphasia Center welcomes volunteers who can commit to a minimum of one hour a week and are available between 10:30 am – 2:15 pm Mondays through Thursdays. Every volunteer receives specialized training in communicating with people with aphasia. The Center values their contributions to our program as they participate in most groups and have the opportunity to run select groups.

OUR APHASIA COMMUNICATION GROUPS THROUGHOUT NJ

These groups are less intensive therapeutic programs than our two main hubs in West Orange and Maywood. Located in 9 NJ towns- Bridgewater, Haddonfield, Hammonton, Maywood, Monroe, Morristown, North Bergen, Scotch Plains and Toms River – our Aphasia Communication Groups are facilitated by Adler trained Speech-Language Pathologists and meet every other week for two hours. Participants learn effective communication strategies and make new social connections with others with aphasia, while building their confidence and self-esteem.

Our locations:

BRIDGEWATER

(Somerset County)
Dates: 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater 08807
Contact: 973.530.3981

HADDONFIELD

(Camden County)
Dates: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month
Time: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. This group is in partnership with Stockton University.
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 20 King’s Hwy East, Haddonfield 08033
Contact: 973.530.3981

HAMMONTON

(Atlantic County)
Dates: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. This group is in partnership with Stockton University.
Location: Stockton University outpost, Kramer Hall, 30 Front Street, Hammonton 08037
Contact: 973.530.3981

MAYWOOD

(Bergen County)
Dates: Groups offered on 2 Fridays of each month, call for specific dates
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Adler Aphasia Center, 60 W. Hunter Avenue, Maywood 07607
Contact: Karen Castka at 201.368.8585

MONROE TWP.

(Middlesex County)
Dates: 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Monroe Village, One David Brainerd Drive, Monroe Twp. 08831
Contact: 973.530.3981

MORRISTOWN

(Morris County)
Dates: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Cornerstone Family Programs, 62 Elm Street, Morristown 07960
Contact: 973.530.3981

NORTH BERGEN

(Hudson County)
Dates: 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: North Bergen Public Library, 8411 Bergenline Ave., North Bergen 07047
Contact: 973.530.3981

SCOTCH PLAINS

(Union County)
Dates: 2nd and 4th Friday of each month
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Congregation Beth Israel, 18 Shalom Way, Scotch Plains 07076
Contact: 973.530.3981

TOMS RIVER

(Ocean County)
Dates: 1st and 3rd Friday of each month
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church, 1674 Old Freehold Road, Toms River 08755
Contact: 973.530.3981

All locations are handicapped accessible and pre-registration is required. Please call ahead to confirm group meeting days, as dates occasionally change. Nominal charges may apply, depending on group location.

OUR CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUPS

These groups are free to any caregiver whose loved one has aphasia, whether or not their loved one participates in Adler Aphasia Center programming.

Our locations:

MAYWOOD

(Bergen County)
Dates: Every 2nd Monday of each month
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Adler Aphasia Center, 60 W. Hunter Avenue, Maywood 07607
Contact: 201.368.8585 for specific dates

BRIDGEWATER

(Somerset County)
Dates: Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday each month
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Location: Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC, 775 Talamini Road, Bridgewater 08807
Contact: 973.530.3981 for specific dates