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Adult Reading Groups offered by the
USC Speech & Hearing Research Center

South Carolina is sometimes referred to as the ‘buckle of the stroke belt’, which runs from the gulf coast up through the Carolinas.  With a growing population of stroke survivors in SC, researchers in communication sciences have been drawn to USC over the past decade as an ideal place to study the complexities of stroke recovery.

The USC Speech & Hearing Research Center began offering stroke recovery groups in 2002, and by 2004, there were several patients on the caseload who had also lost some ability to read.  Many had been  prolific readers, and this condition, sometimes referred to as ‘acquired dyslexia’, had significantly compromised their quality of life.  After reading an article on an aphasia book club (aphasia refers to the loss of language that accompanies stroke), the decision was made to add one more group – the reading group.

Participants read popular novels, while listening to accompanying audio on a CD. If necessary, the audio is slowed down, to help them follow along. Every Friday, the participants get together to visit, discuss the book, and practice reading in a safe and supportive environment.  The group became so popular that around 2010, it was divided into two groups. Rather than grouping patients by the severity of their deficit, however, we decided to separate participants by gender. This decision proved to be a good one, making the book selection process a bit easier.

Reading Groups are offered free of charge to any adult in the greater Columbia area who has lost some of their reading ability subsequent to a neurological event or condition. Interested participants should contact Charley Adams at 803-777-2605 or charley@sc.edu .

 

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