Sunday, September 15, 2013

Use Your Resources

In my last post, I talked about Medicare limits and how therapy is often forced to end way to early.  This is often true of private insurances too.  Right now, I  am treating a young 22 year old college student who has a severe brain injury.  He honestly could use 8-12 months of speech therapy, but unfortunately his insurance has limited him to only 18 visits.  Not 18 weeks, visits.  That equals to 6 weeks at 3 times a week.   Not fair.  I urge you to become familiar with your insurance benefits before you need them.  How much will they pay for inpatient rehab stay if needed?  How about outpatient?  Home health? 

So, what to do if this happens to you or your loved one?  Look at all your options and resources.  If you live in or near a larger city with a University or College, they may have a Speech Pathology Program (Graduate or Undergraduate) there.  This is useful b/c the students have to have so many therapy hours to graduate and so many times they have their own clinics for therapy.  These clinics are a fraction of the cost of private pay therapy, yet still good therapy b/c although they are students, they have a clinical supervisor critiquing them.  There are also many times group therapies as well as individual sessions.  Another resource is support groups.  These are great not just for the spouse, child, mother, father of the individual with aphasia, but also for the individual himself.  Use this as a therapy time, attempting to communicate to others using gestures, writing, and words.  Figure out which communication mode works best.  Last, check out home therapy products.  I personally recommend Communication Partner DVD's (being the creator) which is actually a "therapy at home" resource.  Sit back in your recliner and participate along with the DVDs which provide countless hours of therapy sessions.  (Visit the site at  There are also great apps, such as Tactus which provide help with getting your words out, understanding language, reading and spelling.  Also, check out Lingraphica's apps, which are great for communicating needs and basic thoughts.  Don't be afraid to Google  "Aphasia resources" and see what comes up. 

Don't give up hope just because your insurance has run out.  Continue the journey to recovery.

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