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The expert aphasiatoolbox® staff revolutionized the treatment and recovery of aphasia and its related disorders.   More great news, you can take advantage of this revolution wherever you live.   The use of telepractice allows our experts to work with you and your caregiver from our office with you in your home.    At no extra cost, you will receive practice materials, tools, a software program, and more that will allow you to practice hours a day.  If you have been told you have reached a plateau,  you need to contact us.   Visit our Customer Reviews section to meet aphasiatoolbox plateau busters.   We will never give up on you.  If you know in your heart that you can improve, contact us.  

Our work on aphasia treatment began in 1976.  In 2005, we began to help people recover from aphasia online, using telepractice.   Our staff has worked with hundreds of people with aphasia all over the world.   We have shared our techniques with speech pathologists, rehabilitation centers and consumers at more than 200 presentations and publications.   

Your treatment should:  not be boring, not be infrequent, not be based on apps or worksheets, not contain busy work, and not lack creativity.   Your treatment should:  be constantly challenging you without frustrating you, be robust, train your caregiver to be a practice coach, set-up hours of practice daily, be aggressive, should contain ways to make your everyday life therapeutic, and should not give up on you. 

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  • William Connors
    CEO, MA, CCC-SLP

    Bill began his career in 1975 studying under the early pioneers in aphasia treatment.  Now, he specializes in combining technology, neuroscience and recovery theory with current evidence and research to advance the treatment of aphasia and related disorders.   His first clinical position was at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf.   In conjunction with Dr. Malcolm McNeil and Dr. Patrick Doyle, he founded The Pittsburgh Aphasia Treatment, Research and Education Center in 1999 that offered intensive aphasia treatment.   In 2005, he left his position at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to create AphasiaToolbox®.


  • Sharon Rennhack
    BA, MLS
    Editor; Certified Aphasia Practice Coach

    Sharon Rennhack, ** FL For over 30 years, Sharon had a career as a researcher/librarian/writer, working in the fields of Advertising/Marketing, Financial Services, Management Consulting, and News/Television. Currently, she is the Editor of the renowned Aphasiatoolbox® monthly newsletter and lead, certified aphasia practice coach .   Her hobbies include kayaking, camping, and singing.   She has presented at numerous state and national conventions on the topic of aphasia recovery with a focus on whole person recovery and family involvement in the recovery process. 


  • Erin St. Myer
    Business Manager

    Majored in neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh . She brings a critical skill set to her position as Business Manager of aphasiatoolbox.com. She has 10 years of experience with the TriRivers Orthopedic practice where she worked on medical record completeness, accuracy and management for a large physician corporation. Erin also worked as a pre-K teacher at St. Paul’s Preschool in Pittsburgh, PA. Erin was elected in January 2012 to the Board of Directors for the North Allegheny Tiger Pride Association in Wexford, PA, a youth organization with several hundred participants.


  • Kaitlyn Kunkle
    M.S., CCC-SLP
    Speech-Langauge Pathologist

    Has been working in Skilled Nursing Facilities and telepractice in the Pittsburgh area since 2012. Kaitlyn has had clinical experience working in school districts, university clinic setting, telepractice , and nursing homes.  She provides services to adults with aphasia, cognitive impairments , dysphagia, symbolic language dysfunctions, and apraxia and has experience working with children in the areas of articulation disorders, language delays, deafness and hearing loss, traumatic brain injury (TBI), autism, stuttering, selective mutism, intellectual disabilities, and emotional disturbances.  Kaitlyn is recently married and resides in the Pittsburgh area with her husband, son and dog Lexi.  Some of Kaitlyn's other interests include fitness , health and wellness as she believes in a total-body recovery process.

  • Nancy McCambridge

    Nancy is a person with aphasia who works on the AphasiaToolbox® office staff assisting in data entry and management .   She graduated from Sacred Heart High School in Pittsburgh, PA then she pursued a career in banking, eventually working in the accounting department at Nordic Fisheries in Pittsburgh PA.  She has participated in numerous research studies at the VA Aphasia Health care program and the University of Pittsburgh.  She serves as a volunteer at her local American Legion organization. 

  • Alison Ezell
    MA, SLP

    A graduate of theUniversity of Pittsburgh currently working in the NYC area. She has clinical experience working with a variety of pediatric and adult clients in locations such as the Pittsburgh Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh , and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She is particularly interested in motor speech disorders , including dysarthria and apraxia of speech.

  • Brooke Lang
    MA, CCC-SLP
    Speech-Langauge Pathologist

    Brooke Lang received her Bachelor's Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Connecticut in 2006 and her Master of Arts Degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008. She completed her fellowship year at the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System in 2009, and was employed there until the summer of 2014. She had a leadership role in the management of VA Pittsburgh's PIRATE - Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment and Education ), and also was one of the lead clinicians involved with the program. Her areas of interest include Apraxia of Speech and Phonological Aphasia. Brooke began working with AphasiaToolbox in May 2015.

      

  • Genevieve Richardson
    Speech-Language Pathologist

    Aphasia Treatment Expert


History


2007
Aphasiatoolbox.com pioneers the concept of online therapy with the use of software. The Aphasia Sight Reader (c) was conceptualized and used in practice for therapy to help clients with aphasia make progress even without a therapist.

2008
The Aphasia Solutions Network (ASN) is born. The ASN is a "social therapeutic network" of people with aphasia, caregivers/coaches, SLPs, and institutions/organizations.

2009
Using oovoo, the online ASN group program is launched allowing for increased peer interaction, SLP, coach training and group practice. We add our second software program Verbal Working Memory and Attention Training for Aphasia. Presentations: Rhode Island; New York; Pennsylvania; New Jersey; and West Virginia.

2010
The new aphasiatoolbox website is launched.

  • Adam Miller, a PWA who had been a client of the ASN for two years, and his design team build the new site. The blogsite for www.aphasiatoolbox.com wins a national award for brain disability blogs.
  • ASN launches the Brain Compatible Aphasia Treatment program ( BCAT ) .Presentations: Montreal Canada; North Dakota; Kentucky; Maryland; Ohio; Windsor Canada; Washington; DC; Pennsylvania; Online- www.speechpathology.com ; www.aphasiatoolbox.com ; and Washington DC.

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