Performance and Recovery in Stroke Literacy Group
The P.A.R.I.S.℠ (Performance and Recovery in Stroke) Literacy Group meets Wednesday afternoons each week in Columbia Hall on the UND campus.
Clinical Instructor, Amy Brossart-Robinson, M.S., CCC-SLP supervises the group. Graduate student clinicians are assigned to assist with the program. We serve up to six clients.
What is the P.A.R.I.S.℠ Literacy Group?
The purpose of the group is to provide a weekly group intervention program for individuals who have had a stroke or other related neurological difficulty.
The group's weekly schedule consists of five mini-sessions:
- a whole group discussion with a language focus,
- book club discussion,
- and word work.
Whole group time is spent with everyone working together with a clinician selected topic (hobbies, weather, sentence structure, etc.) which encourages reading, writing, and speaking. Coffee and treats are served during this time.
During book club, assigned chapters from the selected book/novel are discussed. The clients are provided with a picture communication board, comprehension questions, a language lesson (idioms, mental images, themes, etc.), and vocabulary words.
During Writing/Journal time, the clients complete individual or small group writing activities (i.e. writing their name, writing about their weekend).
Reading time focuses on working individually with the clients at their current reading level. Often times books from the program, Reading A-Z are chosen or using iPad apps (example: TherAppy apps) that have a reading feature.
Word Work time is spent working with words (i.e., word families using alphabet tiles, prefixes, suffixes, meanings, etc.).
The group always gathers at the end of the day to discuss something they have learned that day and to discuss the reading assignment for the next week.
From 2012 to June 2016, funding for this group was provided by a grant, Key to Success: Regaining Language and Literacy Skills, from the North Dakota Department of Health State Stroke Program.
The grant allowed for an intervention program for up to 10 individuals from the Grand Forks region who are recovering from the effects of a stroke or other related neurological difficulty. The grant proposal was initiated by the department due to the direct advocacy efforts of some of our clients and their families. The grant funds were used to purchase materials for practicing skills and engaging in literacy activities. Several Amazon Kindles and Apple iPads were purchased along with subscriptions to the Reading A to Z program, Boardmaker Online, and the New-2-You newspaper.
During the course of the program, treatment outcomes are measured and instructional strategies are evaluated, so that the program can be shared with and replicated by others in the future.
Books Read by Group
- Summer 2012- Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
- Fall 2012 – Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
- Spring 2013 – Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
- Summer 2013 – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- Fall 2013 – The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt
- Spring 2014 – Wonder by R.J. Palacio
- Summer 2014- Sing Down the Moon by Scott O'Dell
- Fall 2014- The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
- Spring 2015- Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool
- Summer 2015- One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia
- Fall 2015 – Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
- Spring 2016 – Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorenson
- Summer 2016- The Watsons Go to Birmingham–1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
- Fall 2016 – The War that Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
- Spring 2017 – The Upstairs Room by Johanna Reiss
- Fall 2017- Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
P.A.R.I.S.℠ Conversation Group
The P.A.R.I.S.℠ (Performance and Recovery in Stroke) Conversation Group meets Monday afternoons each week in Columbia Hall on the UND campus.
Clinical Instructor, Amy Brossart-Robinson, M.S., CCC-SLP supervises the group. Graduate student clinicians are assigned to assist with the program. Eight to twelve clients affected by stroke or traumatic brain injury (TBI) attend the group each week.
P.A.R.I.S.℠ Conversation group is a community where clients share thoughts, ideas, and engage in conversation through a variety of topics. Graduate students and the supervisor facilitate communication skills with the clients through prompting, visual aids, and augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).
P.A.R.I.S.℠ allows clients to interact with others in functional conversations by promoting confidence and improving expressive speech and language skills. Clients are encouraged to actively participate using all modalities of communication, allowing equal opportunity for each group member.