The Eleanor M. Luse Center for Communication

All persons who demonstrate a neurologically based communication disorder (e.g., caused by a stroke or a brain injury) are invited to attend the post-stroke communication group with the basic goal of facilitating all viable means of communication (e.g., assistance and practice with communication skills and socialization).

Graduate student clinicians in the UVM Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders run the group meetings. They are supervised by UVM faculty. The group is based upon the "Life Participation Approach to Aphasia." The group is directed by the needs and desires of the participants and is focused on re-engagement in life.

Group Philosophy

It is our philosophy that camaraderie and communication are the overriding goals of this group.

  • This group is designed for individuals who are no longer receiving speech and language therapy in other settings
  • Payment is based on a sliding fee scale
  • Insurance plans may also cover services.

An initial evaluation is strongly recommended prior to participating in the Post-Stroke Communication Group. This information helps us to determine the participant's communication level and amount of support needed to be successful in this group. Determination of need for an evaluation will be completed once the case history form is completed and returned.


The Post-Stroke Communication Group meets on Tuesdays from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in the Eleanor M. Luse Center.

Participate in the Group

Contact the Eleanor M. Luse Center at (802) 656-3861 if you are interested in participating in the group. After providing preliminary information, callers will be mailed a case history form to fill out and return. This is the first step to participation in the Post-Stroke Communication Group (PSCG).

For More Information:

Mary Alice Favro, MA, CCC-SLP
Phone number: (802) 656-1915

*[Source: R, Duchan JF, Elman RJ, Garcia LJ, Kagan A, Lyon JG, Simmons-Mackie N (2001). Life participation approach to aphasia: A statement of values for the future. In: R Chapey (Ed.) Language intervention strategies in aphasia and related neurogenic communication disorders, 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.]