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5th Annual Speech-Language Pathology Symposium

Beyond Impairment: Planning Evidence-Based Interventions for Aphasia Using the A-FROM Model

Friday, March 21, 2014
Power Center Ballroom @ Duquesne University
Registration 8:30     Program 9:00 - 3:30

Marjorie Nicholas, Ph.D. CCC-SLP,
is Associate Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, MA.  She is also the Associate Director of the Institute's new PhD in Rehabilitation Sciences Program.  Prior to joining the faculty at MGH IHP, she worked for over 15 years as a speech-language pathologist and research associate at the Boston VA Medical Center where she received training in aphasia assessment and treatment under the mentorship of Harold Goodglass, Martin Albert, and Nancy Helm-Estabrooks.  She has co-authored numerous research articles, assessments, and treatment materials for aphasia.  At the MGH Institute she founded the Aphasia Center, operated as a clinical training site for graduate students that is open to individuals from the community who have aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders.

Course Summary
The A-FROM model (Living with Aphasia, Framework for Outcome Measurement; Kagan, et al. 2008) describes four domains (impairment, participation, environment, personal) with the person living with aphasia at their intersecting hub.  The goal of this presentation is to encourage a broadening of the scope of intervention beyond the impairment domain.  Current research and treatment planning for PWA will be discussed within each domain with an emphasis on addressing the participation and environment domains.


  • Duquesne SLP Alumni   (Please indicate maiden name [if applicablele] and year of graduation on registration)

  • Current and past Clinical Instructors/Supervisors of Duquesne SLP graduate students 

  • Regular Registrants

Register by March 1st   (Your registration includes continental breakfast, lunch, and parking.)
For more information, call 412.396.4225 or email slpconference@duq.edu 

Each attendee must register separately. Payment, if applicable, must be made at the time of registration.




Parking:  Forbes Avenue Garage.  Bring blue parking ticket with you.

ADA: Please contact us a minimum of two weeks prior to the program for accommodations.

ASHA:  This program is offered for up to .55 CEUs.  (Intermediate level, Professional area)
ASHA account number required for ASHA registry.

Cancellations:  Paid registration fees will be refunded if you contact us within 72 hours prior to the conference date.  The registrant will receive a full refund minus a $25 administrative fee.  No refunds will be issued after that time.  The Duquesne University SLP Department reserves the right to cancel the course with due cause.  In case of cancellation, a full refund will be given to enrolled participants within two weeks of scheduled conference.


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