Yesterday morning we were in another Supported Communication session with Briane. Amy (caregiver pictured below) and I role played being a person with aphasia who needed help with something (calling the doctor to adjust dosage, getting an appointment at the dmv).
Later, she worked with Zack in a sentence stretching session. Lots of people with aphasia have a subject and a verb and the point of this exercise was to add a where, when and why. Using magazine pictures, Zack and Amy came up with The man is playing chess tomorrow in the den to compete. Another sentence he worked on with another caregiver, our friend Estelle from the UNR Not Alone Aphasia Group, was The woman is drinking coffee and writing on the computer today at the table and she’s facebooking.
We practiced Zoom some more before lunch. Bill is teaching his mom about Zoom and lots of other technology! Everyone has a lot to learn. 🙂
We learned about the V-NeST strategy in another session. Zack has done activities based on this treatment in the past and there is a Tactus Therapy app that addresses similar sentence stretching that we learned about in the morning.
Zack’s long arms are popular!
We got to listen to some more attendees present in the afternoon. Subjects included how Regina’s adopted dog saved her (in addition to the other way around), how Trish has developed strategies for when she gets stressed and her speech becomes more impaired, how Ginny wants to keep traveling and being independent and the tools and gadgets to help him work one-handed in the kitchen.
Then Zack did his ‘entry’ interview with Elizabeth – rating how he felt about his speech and independence as well as what he hopes to gain from his time at Boot Camp and during the 3 weeks of follow up Zoom.
It was another full day! We went to sushi at a place he found on Yelp, used Uber successfully to get home then met up with some friends and students in the resort hot tub. And we met two new friends, a woman from Washington state who had had a mass on the right side of her brain and a man from Vancouver who has a hearing impairment and uses sign language sometimes. They were both incredibly nice and were very interested in what we were all doing.