Hi, I'm Emma.

In this video,

I would like to

share with you

the importance

of participating

in a community group.

After my stroke,

I had to move in

with my parents.

This was hard

because I had

left home at 18

and I had no friends in the area.

I suffered from depression.

Aphasia can be so isolating.

I had tried a stroke group

but didn't fit in

because none of

them had aphasia.

And they were much older

than me.


my speech pathologist

put me in contact with

an aphasia

community group

in my new neighbourhood.

I was hesitant

to go to the first meeting.

But it didn't take long

before I felt at home

with these people.

They get everything about me.

And we all have

a common experience

of aphasia.

We can laugh and sympathise

with each other.

We can share experiences

and stories.

We raise funds

and employ

a speech pathologist

who conducts group therapy.

We celebrate achievements

and improvements together.

Being with this group

helped me gain confidence

to go back out into

the community.

With the group

I was encouraged to go out

for a meal

or a drink and order

for myself.

Don't feel threatened

to join a group

if your communication

is poor.

Everyone in the group

who knows how hard it is

to relearn to talk.

People will give you time.

Being part of the group

in the community

has improved my mental

and psychological well-being.

It is so valuable to know

you are not alone.

Being involved in

a community group

can also benefit

your loved ones

or carers too.

They can seek advice

and share stories

with people who understand

the challenges

they face in day-to-day life.

It is important

not to compare yourself

with others.


aphasia is different.

There are

many aphasia

community groups out there.

But sadly, more are needed.

The Australian Aphasia Association website

provides links to groups

in every state.

They also host a Zoom group

once a month.

You can join their group

by checking out the website.

There are also Zoom groups

that can connect you

with people

across the country.

My aphasia group

has a weekly Zoom

meeting every Friday.

If you are

in New South Wales

you can connect with us.

You can also join

the genyus network.

That is g.e.n.y.u.s.

This is for young

stroke survivors

and people touched by trauma

who meet

for a Zoom coffee chat

in a safe place.

There will be a

aphasia coffee chat group

with genyus forming

very soon.

You can connect with people

via Facebook groups

such as the AAA

or Aphasia Recovery Connection

in the US.

Technology has greatly helped

people to connect.

You are not alone.

Reach out.

And the benefits are amazing.