TAP Unlimited’s Children’s Program
People with aphasia suffer not only from loss of language abilities, but also from the isolation and role changes that are unfortunate realities of this communication impairment. As devastating as it is to have difficulty understanding, reading, writing, or speaking the language they have known their entire life, the damage that it inflicts on the relationships they cherish is a greater, and more personally devastating loss.
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.
TAP is honored to have collaborated with individuals whose ideas were born of personal need, passion, and compassion.
The Triangle Aphasia Project, Unlimited is leading the way with attention to these relationships, the roles they play in the family and how they affect perceptions of self-worth. I’d like to introduce you now to some of the main components of our Children’s Program. We hope that this exciting addition to TAP services benefits the world of aphasia.