- How can I join the center?
- How can I locate a speech therapist?
- What type of therapy/rehabilitation services do you provide?
- Do you bill private insurance or Medicare for services?
- How much does it cost to attend?
- When can I start participating in the group programming?
- Once I'm a member, how long can I stay?
- How do people get to the center?
- Do you see progress in members' communication skills?
- Are personal care services provided at the center?
- How many days per week can I attend groups?
- Is there a waiting list to join the center?
- How can I make a donation to the center?
- How do I become a volunteer?
- Are Caregivers able to attend the center?
- Is there an additional fee for caregivers to attend the center?
- Should I attend the Aphasia Education Week if I do not intend to join the center?
#1 Q: How can I join the center?
A: Call the center to speak with one of our staff speech-language pathologists. At that time we will schedule a tour to visit the center and discuss program details. In order to become a member at the center you must attend a week-long Aphasia Education Program which will be explained to you when you tour the center. You will be able to sign up for the semester upon completion of the Aphasia Education Program. For further details, click here.
#2 Q: How can I locate a speech therapist?
A: The American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association (ASHA) has an on-line directory of certified speech-language pathologists. Click here to be redirected to ASHA's web page ASHA's web page.
#3 Q: What type of therapy/rehabilitation services do you provide?
A: The Adler Aphasia Center is a social center for people with Aphasia and their family members/caregivers. We offer discussion groups and activities, facilitated by speech-language pathologists, trained staff and volunteers, and by some of our members.We do not provide individual speech therapy services. We run group programs for people with Aphasia, using the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia as our guiding philosophy.
#4 Q: Do you bill private insurance or Medicare for services?
A: Because we do not provide typical speech therapy services, we do not bill private insurance or Medicare. We do accept reimbursement from the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Fund of NJ. To find out if you are eligible for the TBI program, call 1-888-285-3036. If you have billing questions, please contact us at info@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org.
#5 Q: How much does it cost to attend?
A: Please contact us at info@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org to discuss program fees and payment arrangements.
#6 Q: When can I start participating in the group programming?
A: New members join the center at the start of a new semester, after completing the Aphasia Education Program. Prosepective members attend an informational tour ( How to Join ) before joining the Center.
#7 Q: Once I'm a member, how long can I stay?
A: The quick answer is, "as long as you'd like." The longer answer is that members remain at the center as long as they are interested in participating in our programs, have aphasia, pay membership dues, and continue to fit the membership criteria. Our members do not graduate from programming or have a 'term limit'.
#8 Q: How do people get to the center?
A: People travel to the center in a variety of ways. Some people drive themselves. Others get a ride from friend or family member. Still others use para-transit services available through the county, state, or private organizations. Additionally, some members use cabs or private transportation services and others take public transportation (NJ transit bus service).
#9 Q: Do you see progress in members' communication skills?
A: Members comment on each others' changing communication skills all the time. Anecdotally, we notice changes in many members' communication. Sometimes that change is in the types of strategies used to communicate or in having the confidence to initiate a question in a group. Because we do not track members' progress as is done in traditional speech therapy, we can not guarantee that each member's communication skills will progress or that speaking will improve. We are currently conducting research into the effectiveness of our programs. For more information, read about our current research projects.
#10 Q: Are personal care services provided at the center?
A: The center does not provide personal care services. Any member who requires assistance with ambulation, using a wheelchair, using the restroom, or eating is required to attend the center with a caregiver or aide.
#11 Q: How many days per week can I attend groups?
A: Members attend core programming up to two days per week - either Monday & Wednesday or Tuesday & Thursday.
#12 Q: Is there a waiting list to join the center?
A: Currently, there is not a waiting list to join the center. Membership slots are subject to availability; however. In the event that timeslots on both sets of days (M/W & T/Th) are filled, a waiting list for membership may be initiated. Please contact the center for further details info@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org.
#13 Q: How can I make a donation to the center?
A: You can make a donation in one of three ways.
- Click on this link to make a secure donation over the internet : DONATE NOW
- Call 201-368-8585 and we will take your credit card information over the phone
- You can mail your check or credit card information to the Adler Aphasia Center, 60 W Hunter Avenue, Maywood, NJ 07607. We accept American Express, Visa, and MasterCard.
#14 Q: How do I become a volunteer?
A: Call the center to speak with our volunteer coach to schedule a tour and discuss volunteer opportunities.
#15 Q: Are Caregivers able to attend the center?
A: Yes, the Adler Aphasia Center welcomes caregivers. We offer caregiver support groups as well as a place for caregivers to relax and visit with others.
#16 Q: Is there an additional fee for caregivers to attend the center?
A: Caregivers are able to attend the center with a member at no additional charge.
#17 Q: Should I attend the Aphasia Education Week if I do not intend to join the center?
A: Yes, people with aphasia and their families are encouraged to attend the one week program. During that week you will have the opportunity to learn more about aphasia, meet others living with aphasia and practice effective communication techniques that you can use at home. You will also have the opportunity to try computer software designed specifically for people with aphasia.