Make Your Holidays More Inclusive!


Ensure everyone joins the holiday cheer with our simple strategies.
Place them in common areas for guests to read.
Use them as talking points to educate friends and family about aphasia.
Keep them as handy reminders of communication strategies throughout the year.
Support your guests with aphasia and foster warm connections.  

🎥  Part 1, Why Be Aphasia Inclusive?

Plan ahead, raise awareness among guests, adapt activities, have a support system, and have resources available to make holidays more inclusive for those with Aphasia.


1. Including Those With Aphasia in the Holidays. (00:00 - 07:30)
2. Aphasia Inclusion for the Holidays: Tips and Strategies (07:30 - 14:21)
3. Talking Turkey: 10 Pain Points to Avoid During the Holidays for People with Aphasia (14:21 - 21:59)
4. Listen for Life Podcast: Catch the Aphasia Inclusive Goodness Trainings & Tips (22:00 - 22:56)

🎥  Part 2, Shirley's Silent Wish

Create a comfortable and inclusive home environment, like seating arrangements, physical contact, easy language for children to interact with the person, creative game adaptations, and the remembrance of cherished memories.


1. Shirley's Silent Wish for the Holidays: Understanding and Adaptability in Adaptive Communication (00:00 - 08:20)
2. Including Shirley in the Holidays: Strategies for Family Members (08:20 - 15:30)
3. Inclusive and Adaptive Holiday Celebrations for Families with Aphasia (15:30 - 23:09)

🎥  Part 3, Len & Alvin's Holiday Wishes

Giving them the gift of patience and time, creating a safe conversation space, avoiding finishing their sentences, and recognizing the extra stress of the holiday season. With the strategies outlined, it is possible to include a loved one with aphasia in the holidays and create a warm and supportive atmosphere.

1. Welcoming the Unwelcome Guest of Aphasia During the Holidays (00:00 - 08:28)
2. Including Alvin: Patience, Understanding, and Active Listening for People With Aphasia (08:29 - 16:15)
3. Crafting Aphasia-Inclusive and Supportive Holiday Gatherings: Why It's Important to Include All Voices (16:15 - 24:08)
4. An Inclusive and Comforting Holiday Environment: Get Tips and Strategies to Deeply Connect with Those with Aphasia (24:09 - 29:55)

🎥 Part 4, Bruce's Communication Holiday Wishes

This episode is about Bruce, an inspirational story about overcoming obstacles and challenges despite aphasia or dysarthria. Communication is a two-way street for those with speech impairments and should include visual aids or other simplest forms of communication.

1. Persons with aphasia are also responsible for helping themselves at the holidays and navigating Dysarthria During the Holidays (00:00 - 08:17)
2. Bruce's Story and How We Can Listen with Compassion and Understanding (08:18 - 16:16)
3. Preparing for the Holidays with Aphasia and Dysarthria (16:17 - 24:36)

🎥 Part 5, Self-Care is not Selfish

This episode discusses the importance of self-care, especially during the holidays, for those living with aphasia and their caregivers. It provides four key takeaways to stay balanced, organized, and stress-free. Ideas for self-care include asking for help, being mindful, expressing gratitude, and getting professional help if needed. It also recommends attending the holiday webinar and listening to the Listen for Life Podcast for further assistance.

1. Self-Care for Caregivers of Individuals with Aphasia During the Holidays (00:00 - 07:43)
2. Taking Time Out for Self-Care: Overcoming the Resistance and Acknowledging Your Feelings (07:43 - 14:52)
3. Scheduling 'Me Time': How To Receive Help and Find Gratitude Amid Stressful Times (14:52 - 21:48)
4. Self-Care Strategies for Caregivers and People With Aphasia (21:48 - 28:57)
5. The Self-Care Revolution: Take Time for Yourself and Make Holidays Aphasia Inclusive (28:58 - 36:35)
6. Take Care of Yourself: Tips From the Listen For Life Podcast (36:35 - 37:58)

🎥 #67 Bridging Aphasia: A Holiday Host's Guide

The Listen for Life podcast episode discusses aphasia, a language impairment that occurs as a result of brain injury. The episode focuses on advocating for aphasia inclusion during the holidays. It introduces a document called "Letter to the Host and Hostess" that helps individuals with aphasia navigate social gatherings. The document emphasizes the challenges faced by individuals with aphasia and provides communication guidelines. Another resource mentioned is "Aphasia Conversation Pieces," a PDF document that educates guests about aphasia. The episode concludes by mentioning the upcoming episode on aphasia-friendly games for the holidays. Overall, the episode offers valuable resources and guidance for individuals with aphasia and their families.

Introduction to "Letter to the Host and Hostess" document: [00:00]
Emphasis on challenges faced by individuals with aphasia: [02:15]
Communication guidelines and prompts in the document: [03:30]
Recommendation to customize the document for personal use: [05:45]
Introduction to "Aphasia Conversation Pieces" resource: [07:20]
Purpose of the resource in educating guests about aphasia: [08:10]
Announcement of upcoming episode on aphasia-friendly games: [09:30]

🎥  #68 Thanksgiving SFA and Communication Strategies

In this episode of the Listen for LIFE Aphasia podcast, we explore semantic feature analysis, using Thanksgiving as an example, as well as communication strategies for individuals with aphasia Introducing the acronym CLEAR for key communication strategies for the holidays. Join us as we encoura

🎥 #69 Gratitude and Aphasia Inclusion Wins at Thanksgiving

The key takeaways from this episode are:
1. Communication strategies and understanding aphasia are important in supporting individuals with communication challenges.
2. Making changes to the environment, such as creating smaller gathering areas and reducing noise, can help individuals with aphasia feel included.
3. Using communication cards and cheat sheets can assist individuals with aphasia in participating in conversations.
4. Practicing patience and giving individuals time to express themselves is crucial.
5. Modifying holiday traditions, such as adapting games and using visual supports, can make them more inclusive.
6. Educating oneself about aphasia and communication strategies is essential.
7. Reflecting on past experiences and having conversations as a family can help plan for future holidays.
8. The aphasia conversation pieces available on the host's website can be helpful in facilitating effective and empathetic communication with individuals with aphasia.

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Limited speech is not limited voice!

 "It is truly possible to converse, make memories, and connect even with limited speech. They are the person you know. Their memories, experiences, and knowledge are still there.

Aphasia is the condition that has broken these connections. Figure out a way to communicate."   -DP (spouse)

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