Supporting Emotions with Aphasia: “Strengthening wellbeing through aphasia communities” 21.10.22 Details

Supporting Emotions with Aphasia: “Strengthening wellbeing through aphasia communities”

Supporting Emotions with Aphasia: “Strengthening wellbeing through aphasia communities”

This is the fifth webinar in a series of educational events as part of a project supported by funding from the National HSCP Office, submitted by IASLT, AOTI and ISCP jointly, facilitated by IASLT Community of Practice, Supporting Emotions with Aphasia (SEA). The overall project includes webinars and discipline-specific training with the aim of developing an inclusive and interdisciplinary community of practice to provide professional support and to explore ideas for “Supporting Emotions with Aphasia” in clinical practice.

Learning Objectives:

Having attended webinars, participants will be able to:

  •  Describe the research context and evidence around empirical need for emotional support among people with post-stroke aphasia and other communication impairments; their families, including children, and a documented lack of access to communicatively accessible support in Ireland and elsewhere.
  • Understand and learn from a range of disciplinary perspectives on current and ideal service provision in a safe and shared forum.
  • Learn about the perspectives of people living with post-stroke aphasia and other communication impairments around the importance of overcoming and managing negative emotional responses as part of learning to live well with their condition; the support needs of their families; and barriers and experiences of accessing relevant support in Ireland.
  • Hear from interdisciplinary researchers relating to novel evidence-based treatment approaches that have been adapted in the context of communication impairment.
  • Understand the principles of, and rationale for supported conversation training for mental health professionals.
  • Learn the principles of, and experiences of teams involved in joint working in the provision of psychosocial support for people with post-stroke communication impairment.
  • Learn about opportunities for becoming part of a Community of Practice and benefitting from further collaborative and training events.

We are joined by:

Aphasia Institute, Toronto Canada, Interdisciplinary Team

We are joined by Allison Tedesco (Social Worker) and Lee-Ann Kant (Speech-Language Pathologist), who will present on their collaborative, integrated approach to clinical working and supporting emotions, psychosocial wellbeing and life participation for people with aphasia.

Allison Tedesco
Social Worker

Allison Tedesco has been a social worker since 2001, with a background in Gerontology, Sociology and Bereavement Education and Grief Counseling.  She is a Social Worker and Manager of Client Services at the Aphasia Institute.  Allison provides management and support to the program team at the Aphasia Institute, and oversees the intake process. Together with a speech-language pathologist, she conducts initial assessments, and works directly with people with aphasia and their families in the Community Aphasia Program and New Beginnings Program.  Additionally, Allison co-facilitates the family support and education groups and provides one-on-one emotional support to people with aphasia and their family members.

Lee-Ann Kant
Speech-Language Pathologist
M.Sc., S-LP(C), Reg. CASLPO

Lee-Ann is a speech-language pathologist and training lead at the Aphasia Institute. She also works as part of the clinical SLP team conducting assessments and providing programming according to the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia model. Lee-Ann has worked in a variety of hospital settings including adult inpatient/outpatient rehabilitation, continuing care and private practice. She provides on and off-site trainings and is a strong supporter of communicative access in healthcare.


Larry Masterson

Larry Masterson is an Aphasia and Stroke Thriver Activist from Donegal. In 2016 he founded the countywide peer-led stroke support group called Different Strokes for Different Folks. Larry has experienced how stroke impinges on brain function, he discovered that it has a dramatic impact on self-image and that it can impact negatively on self-esteem. Re-entry for the stroke survivor to the wider community from rehab involves discovering a new sense of self, wonderment and hope.  

These are among some of the reasons Different Strokes for Different Folks was formed. It provided a social network were life experiences and challenges were shared. From this meeting up on a regular basis the group discovered the Arts and Health process. Through the medium of film, performance and dance, individuals could tell their story, celebrate their lives and continue Thriving.  

In 2021, Larry Co-founded an Arts and Health organisation called Yellow Wood Arts. This is now a place where anyone with a lived or learned experience of Art, Stroke or Brain Trauma could gather and create high quality, meaningful Art Interventions.  

Larry will talk about his lived experience of stroke and aphasia, the importance of creative outlets and reflect on what he has found helpful in supporting his emotional, physical and spiritual well-being. 

Supporting Emotions with Aphasia: “Strengthening wellbeing through aphasia communities” :Recorded Content and Resources

Recorded content is available at no extra cost to those who registered for and attended the event, If you registered to attend this event please log in to your IASLT Member or User account and revisit this page via the ‘My Events’ page in your dashboard.
Recordings of some events are available for purchase after the event. Recorded events which are available for purchase are posted on the ‘Recorded Events’ page of the Learning Centre. Please click here to purchase the recording only if it is posted on the Recorded Events page. After successful payment, you will be able access the full content of this page, including the recording by logging into your IASLT Member or User Account and visiting your ‘My Events’ section of your IASLT member/user dashboard.

Thank You.
The IASLT Website Team