Teaching us about neuroplasticity and helping us be better SLPs.
“Dr. Broussard (Tom), Thank you for sharing your story, educating our students, teaching us about neuroplasticity and helping us be better SLPs. Your lecture to our CSD 501 class was incredible! A few comments from the students: “Dr. Broussard’s words inspired me to be a better person and SLP.” “He was incredible! Dr. Broussard’s lecture made so much sense and meant a lot coming from a person with aphasia. Thank you! Jodi and 41 students from Jacksonville University.” Jodi Morgan, CCC-SLP, Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center Manager, Clinical Assistant Professor Jacksonville University, 2700 University Blvd West Building B, Jacksonville, Florida 32217 (11/3/2022).
Comments of those who participated in Dr. Broussard’s Chesapeake Forum Zoom presentation
(1) Outstanding! I thought the discussion that included former stroke patients added a lot to the presentation.
(2) An amazing session!! The instructor was informative, knowledgeable and empathetic. He gave us so much to think about and process.
(3) I appreciated the presenter’s information. His suggestions will help me and my sister as we manage her aphasia journey. Thank you. (4) Great foundation of information about stroke and aphasia recovery, presented in a friendly manner that led to a useful discussion.
(5) I was driving and could not see visuals but the subject was important. I’m so glad someone is finally educating the world about aphasia”
Chesapeake Forum, an Academy for Lifelong Learning, Easton, MD (9/20/2022).
SLPs are both cheerleaders and coaches for PWAs!
“Hi Tom, Thank you for continuing to include me in your truly authentic and beautiful article updates. Your words are so powerful, poignant, and insightful. I appreciate your outlook on the role of SLPs with PWA and your analogy about SLPs being both cheerleaders and coaches and PWA being the players. You are amazing, take care.” Lindsay Tretton, M.S., CF-SLP, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Providence, RI (9/23/2022).
A remarkable testament to your perseverance and your expertise as an educator.
“Thank you, Tom, for sharing your story and promoting recovery from the effects of a stroke (especially the challenges of aphasia). Your efforts across our nation to provide education and hope is a remarkable testament to your perseverance and your expertise as an educator.
I look forward to working with you again. Thanks again, Gene”
Gene McDowell, PT, MHS, DPT, Regional West Medical Center Stroke Support Group, Scottsbluff, NE (8/10/2022)
Tom, you really connect with & inspire these people!
“Dear Dr. Tom, Thank you for speaking to the Aphasia Boot Camp for the 4th summer in a row! You are a favorite to those who already know you…and a new source of inspiration to those hearing you for the first time.
They might have told you I was sick & not able to be there in person. So sorry to interrupt your talk with my “chicken noodle” ha! Thought I was on mute.
Anyway, I zoomed into individual sessions today & they are all making reference to you & your encouragement. You make such a difference!
You’d be so proud of Cydney – she’s led an aphasia advocacy group at Boot Camp this year w/confidence & passion for Aphasia Nation. Patricia’s bus broke down, but she made it to part of your talk.
Tom, you really connect with & inspire these people. Thank you for your important work! Sincerely, Tawni Ballinger”
Tawni Ballinger, MA, CCC-SLP, University of Memphis Aphasia Boot Camp, Memphis, Tennessee (7/7/2022).
THANK YOU FOR SPREADING KNOWLEDGE OF APHASIA SEEDS IN MEMPHIS!
“HI, DR. TOM, THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRESENTATION AND COMING ON THE CALL WEARING CAMP ATTIRE! THE CONTENT YOU CHOSE WAS PERFECT; MY SPONGE HELD ITS SHAPE.
ONE OF THE CAREGIVERS WAS DELIGHTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE DRIVING PAMPHLET ON THE APHASIA NATION WEBSITE TOMORROW MORNING THE APHASIA ADVOCACY GROUP WILL TWEAK THE MEMPHIS CONTENT OF THE “WHAT IS APHASIA” PAMPHLET ON THE APHASIA NATION WEBSITE. THE GRAD STUDENTS WILL PUT IT IN THE MEMPHIS APHASIA COMMUNITY WEBSITE! THEN THE MEMBERS WILL GET THEM PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED TO THE PLACES YOU SUGGESTED.
LOOK WHAT YOU HAVE DONE! THANK YOU FOR SPREADING KNOWLEDGE OF APHASIA SEEDS IN MEMPHIS. ALL THE BEST! CYDNEY”
Cydney Beets, University of Memphis Aphasia Boot Camp alumna and Aphasia Advocate, Memphis, TN (6/28/2022).
Love the analogy of the coppicing trees!
“Hello Tom, Thank you so much for the fantastic interview and information today! So proud to have this association with you and Aphasia Nation. You are doing great work and I think we could urge our SLPs to look further into their hospital settings to make sure their info about aphasia listed in the online reference info to give to patients. I think we would be surprised with how many are missing this diagnosis in the info packets.
Love the analogy of the trees! I have given away several copies of your book already and am offering it now to the next two donations to come in for MnCAN programs! I have also shared your cards with several people as a thank you for support. I think we’ll use them as displays and giveaways at our upcoming fundraiser too. Thank you so much for sharing these items with us as well. We look forward to a continuing relationship with you and your mission! Julia”
Julia Halvorson, Executive Director, MnCAN, mncan.org, facebook.com/mnconnectaphasianow (6/29/2022).
You’re walking the walk. No one is more qualified to talk the talk!
“Thank you! Yes, please put me on your list for the real McCoy and never doubt the merit of your effort. You’re walking the walk. No one is more qualified to talk the talk – and you do so in a way that others, especially those recovering, can understand. I’ve been reading your posts for some time now and regret I did not speak up sooner. Have you ever done an educational class for young clinicians? They would so benefit from your wisdom and experience on “how to…” I’ll be quoting you! Wishing you a lovely Memorial Day weekend. Warmest regards, Susan.”
Susan I. Wranik, MS, MA CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, LSVT-LOUD Certified Clinician, SpeakSkill LLC, www.speakskill.com (5/26/2022).
A beautiful way of explaining complicated processes!
“Read your email newsletter. You have such a beautiful way of explaining complicated processes so they are understandable to clueless people like me! You are so valuable to the many people who are trying to understand Aphasia and how the brain works to recover. I look forward to reading the full article! Fran”
Fran Keiser, Owner, Sagaponack Books, St. Augustine, FL (5/26/2022).
Soon-to-be SLPs Smiling!
“Hi Tom, thank you so very much for speaking to my aphasia class today! We were all so touched and inspired by you. I wish I had the words to describe it! The students stayed late after class just smiling and talking about how moved they were by you. One of them told me that hearing you was just the reminder that she needed as to why she is in school to be an SLP. Thank you again! Katie”
Katherine A. Brown, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, CBIS, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Augustana College, Rock Island, IL (4/28/2022).
Rehab Team in Maryland
“Hi there, thank you for taking the time to present to the rehab team. As always, your information is so helpful and informative. One of the speech therapists messaged me after and apologized… she was having technical difficulties and was trying to speak but we weren’t able to hear her. She said you are amazing and she’d like to have your contact information. I will send her your e-mail if that would be okay.
Congratulations on publishing your recent book! If you are interested, I’d love to have you come to our next stroke support group meeting. It will be on May 5th at 12:00. We’d love to hear more about your new book and maybe share with some of our new members who weren’t at the meeting the last time you presented. Thank you again, really appreciate everything you do! Nicole”
Nicole Leonard, BSN, RN, Neuroscience Specialist – Stroke Coordinator, University of Maryland Shore Regional Health, 219 South Washington Street, Easton, MD (4/21/2022).
Great presentation with a great class!
“Good morning, Dr. Broussard, thank you again for your time and sharing your story to my fellow classmates. Your presentation was very informative and engaging just like all your videos. Your strength and determination in educating the public has truly inspired me and I am so grateful I discovered your YouTube channel. I would absolutely love to become a team member of Aphasia Nation! Thank you for these photos. Have a great weekend! All the best,”
Elina Tretyak, Graduate Student Clinician, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology Candidate, Long Island University – Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn, NY (4/23/2022).