Baycrest Conference 2017

The Baycrest Speech-Language Pathologists Present: 

Videofluoroscopic and Endoscopic Evaluations of Swallowing:  Do you see what I see?  

Joseph Murray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, BRS-S 

Monday, May 15 & Tuesday, May 16, 2017 

Baycrest – The Jacob Family Theatre at the Posluns Auditorium

3560 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON, M6A 2E1

Online registration page:

Conference details: baycrest-2017-slp-conference-brochure

Moments Matter

An interesting resource created by the folks at Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY passed on to us by Cheryl Abrams, the Director of Communications at Crouse Hospital. Thanks so much Cheryl!moments-matter

Ottawa stroke specialist develops tablet-based apps to help with recovery

Here is an interesting story by CTV News Ottawa about “RecoverNow”, which is a tablet-based rehab tool to work on a patient’s language and motor skills.

Does anyone have any further information about this program?? Please share if you do!


Thanks to Deb Willems for passing this along 🙂



Aphasia Camp Application Forms

Application forms for the 2016 Aphasia Camp are in! Please find them below. Deadline for submission is July 31st at 4:30 pm

Aphasia Camp Application Form_Caregivers_Final

Aphasia Camp Application Form_PWA_Final

Aphasia Camp Volunteer Application Form 2016_FINAL


Hi everyone,

This year’s Aphasia Camp is taking place from Sept 23-25 at the Tim Horton Onondaga Farms in St. George Brant Ontario.

Please see the brochure below for further information.

Application forms are coming soon!


Aphasia Friendly Living With Stroke Materials

Hi everyone,

Further to Deb’s review yesterday of the new Aphasia Friendly Living with Stroke materials, I have now made them available under the Resources section of the blog. There is a PowerPoint for each module, handouts and a participant evaluation. Thank you to the Heart and Stroke Foundation for allowing us to have access to these resources 🙂

Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations UPDATE

See below for a brief update on the changes. Please visit for more details.


Stroke Rehabilitation Module Update

The revised Stroke Rehabilitation recommendations are published in the International Journal of Stroke and are part of the fifth edition of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations. Supporting information including rationale, system implications, performance measures and implementation resources are available online at the Heart and Stroke Foundation at
The 2015 update of the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations (CSBPR) Stroke Rehabilitation recommendations continue to emphasize specialized stroke care provided by an interdisciplinary team, and the inclusion of the patient and caregiver(s) as an important part of the rehabilitation team. Stroke rehabilitation refers to a progressive, dynamic, goal orientated process aimed at enabling patients to reach their optimal physical, cognitive, emotional, communicative, and social functional level. It begins soon after the initial stroke event, and can be offered in a range of settings. Although most rehabilitation and recovery occurs within the first three months after stroke onset, some patients continue to make new gains many months and even years later.
Specific highlights of the updates and additions include:
  • Revision of many of the recommendations to higher levels of evidence.
  • Recommendations that have evolved and become more specific, to guide clinicians in tailoring their treatment to the individual.
  • Emphasis that rehabilitation and recovery after stroke is a dynamic and ongoing process that occurs in all settings and over time.
  • The recommendations are grouped into two parts: organization of stroke rehabilitation within a system of care; and specific functional areas of stroke recovery and direct clinical care.
  • Some previous recommendation sections have been combined, and new sections provide guidance to ensure a holistic approach to the rehabilitation.
  • Advocacy in system implications for system funders to commit to improving the stroke rehabilitation system. Family members and informal caregivers play a key role in post-stroke rehabilitation and recovery.
  • Development of specific recommendations for paediatric stroke rehabilitation.
The theme for the 2014 – 2015 updates is Working Together with Stroke Survivors and their Caregivers to Achieve Optimal Outcomes, emphasizing the need for a committed interprofessional team approach to stroke care across the continuum, and for ensuring patient-centred care. Patients and family caregivers particularly should receive education and be empowered as active participants throughout their journey of recovery to ensure meaningful contributions to goal setting and treatment planning.