What programs do you offer?
- Individual therapy
- Discussion groups
- Support groups
- Technology groups
- Caregiver support group
- Therapy over the Internet
Who comes to therapy at the Institute?
Adults with communication disabilities, such as:
- Voice disorders
- Cognitive deficits
- Parkinson’s disease
How many times a week is speech therapy?
- Some clients come two days a week
How long are speech therapy and group sessions?
- Sessions last 40 minutes
- Some clients come just for individual therapy
- Some clients come just for the groups
- Most clients come for both.
Who provides the speech therapy?
- Speech pathology graduate students
- The students are supervised by professionals
- The supervisors are licensed, certified Speech Language Pathologists
How is therapy paid for?
- Clients pay privately - we cannot accept insurance
- We keep our fees very affordable.
The Kean University Institute for Adults Living with Communication Disabilities a valuable and unique experience in treating adults.
Life Participation Approach: At the Institute we strive to implement the principals of the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia. This philosophy proposes a broad, holistic approach to rehabilitation. Therapy aims to improve communication skills within the context of enhancing overall quality of life. While this approach was originally designed for people with aphasia, here at the Institute we apply it to adults with range of communication disabilities.
Group experience: Groups are an integral part of the Institute. Communication disabilities often lead to devastating social isolation. In groups our clients learn that they are not alone and begin to form new friendships, all the while practicing their communication skills. Students gain extensive experience facilitating groups to maximize linguistic and psychosocial recovery.
Valuable perspective: Our clients have been living with communication disabilities in some cases only for a few months, and in other cases for several years. This provides the students with a valuable perspective in how clients live with their disabilities across the range of the rehabilitation process.
Other student experiences: Students not directly involved in the Institute also benefit. Students often observe therapy and groups to complete class assignments. Clients in the Institute often serve as subjects for students working on their Master’s theses. We can always use an extra hand in our groups and students are able to earn hours by helping facilitate groups.
Information on this page is presented in an "aphasia friendly" format.