TAP Unlimited’s Children’s Program
Programs designed for managing aphasia have traditionally focused on the individual person. In recent years this approach has broadened to include an individual’s interaction with primary communicative partners, caregivers, and even friends and co-workers. Many aphasia programs even teach businesses how to be “aphasia friendly.” With these exciting changes, our field has a challenge to address other vital relationships: the one between parent and child, and grandparent and child. Children are often confused and left out of communication training. Imagine a parent or grandparent being unable to read a simple bedtime story, or inquire about the child’s daily activities.
whose ideas were born of personal need, passion, and compassion.
MacKenzie Root. One such person is MacKenzie Root. MacKenzie’s father suffered a traumatic brain injury and has aphasia. MacKenzie has developed a website and blog for other children who experience this challenge. Through idea exchanges and activities, Glowing In The Dark, serves to connect children, and provide hope and encouragement.
Megan Nosol, a speech-language pathologist, adds another piece to our Children’s Program. Megan authored a children’s book titled “Love After a Stroke” while she was in graduate school. Megan hopes that this book will provide families a way to jump-start discussions about stroke and aphasia with their children.