Laurie’s Rockin’ Vegetarian Chili

Our awesome volunteer, Laurie, made us a great vegetarian chili for our last meeting of the year.

Here is the recipe, along with her alterations:

“I added fresh ginger and canned corn, played with bean varieties (e.g. added chickpeas to one and subbed lentils in for the other), dropped in liquid smoke, and kind of just tinkered with spices rather than measuring, but this is basically it”.
Thanks Laurie!



Bruce keeps impressing the group with his increased sentence length and presentations!

Today, he shared information about his weekend, and clarified some Anmore topography issues for us 😉

Practicum Student Questions


This is Danyl Beilhartz and Holly Rutherford.

We are second year speech-language pathology students at UBC.

We are now two weeks into our student externship with the Aphasia Mentoring Program and are really excited to learn as much as we can from the members about aphasia and living with aphasia.

We have a few initial questions we would like ask:

  •  What advice would you give to healthcare professionals for when they explain aphasia to someone for the first time?
  • What was the most helpful thing your speech-language pathologist did?
  • What would you like people without aphasia to know about living with aphasia?
  • During your assessments were you ever asked about your own participation or how you felt about your communication?
  • Do you have a favourite app that helps with communication?
    • What is it?
    • Why do you like this app?

Aphasia Software Finder

 A Free Online Resource for People with Aphasia
and communication needs
Aim: To help people with aphasia, their families and friends, speech and language therapists and/or academics find software that could help improve communication.

This resource will enable individuals with aphasia and their families to specify the area of language difficulty and be immediately given a list of available relevant treatment software programs. Detailed information is then provided regarding each program, enabling an informed choice to be made.  This tool will make the search and selection process quick, simple and objective. 

The website has been developed under the leadership of Dr Brian Petheram at the Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit at Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. The programs and apps are analysed and presented in two ways, one for SLT professionals, academics and those who want more complex information and one that is designed to be aphasia friendlier. 
The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia is continuing to fund the development of this site, so that it can be a free online resource for all.  It will be kept updated.



Bilingualism & Aphasia

Our wonderful volunteer (and student), Laurie, gave us an excellent presentation on bilingualism and aphasia today. This topic is of particular interest to both Laurie and several of our group members, and we were really looking forward to it.

Laurie did another great job.

She taught us about the types of impairment and recovery currently seen in people who are bilingual and acquire aphasia.

Thanks Laurie!

Causes of Aphasia

Lola gave an excellent presentation on causes of aphasia today.


She made a model of the brain, using Xmas lights.

Light bulbs = neurons

White wire = connection between neurons

Focal or diffuse damage = one light bulb damage or many lights on both sides

Causes of aphasia handout (click here)

And here is a picture of the brain our group liked: