In our experience, people with aphasia gain most from Dyscover once they have progressed through an individual Speech and Language Therapy programme, and have reached a point where they might benefit from peer support and help to generalise communication skills into a more functional group environment.
We are always happy to discuss potential referrals, and if therapy is recent or ongoing, how we can support patients’ functional communication goals.
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Referring someone to Dyscover – useful information
- We ask that all referrals have acquired aphasia and no significant additional cognitive disorder. People with the deteriorating condition Primary Progressive Aphasia may be able to benefit from our service – please discuss with us before referring.
- We help people with all levels of severity and types of aphasia.
- There is no age or geographical restriction .
- Our centres are accessible and we welcome wheelchair users, but we are unable to provide personal care, so require our members to be independent in the toilet.
- Referrals to our Kingston group may be eligible for social services transport, but referrals to Walton are responsible for making their own transport arrangements.
- Please download and complete our referral form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post to us.
- One of our Speech and Language Therapists will make contact by phone.
- If the individual seems suitable for Dyscover, he or she is invited to visit our centre for an informal assessment. A relative or carer is encouraged to attend this meeting with them.
- The next step is an invitation to join a group for a free trial period, after which membership for the rest of the term may be offered.
- All members pay a small termly fee which contributes to the cost of running our service.
To discuss an individual referral please contact Rosemary Townsend, Chief Executive, email@example.com / 01737819419