Aphasia program receives donation

 

 Lesa Newby, owner of Sole2Soul; Trevor Rhoda; and Sandra Glista, Clinical Supervisor and Coordinator, Aphasia Communication Enhancement

Lesa Newby, owner of Sole2Soul; Trevor Rhoda; and Sandra Glista, Clinical Supervisor and Coordinator, Aphasia Communication Enhancement

The Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program in the Charles Van Riper Language, Speech and Hearing Clinic at Western Michigan University received a gift from Sole2Soul on behalf of Trevor Rhoda and treatment of aphasia.

Aphasia is a language disorder caused by injury to the brain or by stroke. Aphasia causes problems producing and understanding spoken and written language.

Trevor’s hard work and determination has paid off. His positive attitude and outlook on life is contagious. One supporter he has met along his journey was Lesa Newby, Owner of Sole2Soul, a charitable organization that raises money monthly for different causes. She always greeted Trevor at the gym with a smile and encouraged him to keep up the good work. At the end of June, Trevor’s Mom got a phone call from Lesa; she wanted to make Trevor her charity for the month.

Trevor and his family were more than honored to be a part of the Sole2Soul bandwagon! Trevor participates in the Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program at Western Michigan University (WMU). This clinic is part of the academic preparation program of the WMU Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. Trevor and his mother describe the clinic as a “place to feel "normal" every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 until 2”. Many "aphasians" and their caregivers travel miles to receive therapy in this program every week. Trevor and his family feel lucky that they have these services right here in Kalamazoo.

See more information about the Aphasia Communication Enhancement Program or the Charles Van Riper Clinic.