Alberta Aphasia Camp

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 Photo: Alberta Aphasia Camp 2019. We look forward to gathering in person at Gull Lake Centre in 2022!

 

Aphasia is an acquired language disorder, most often caused by stroke or brain injury.

It can affect the ability to speak, understand, read and write.

The Alberta Aphasia Camp is a weekend-long camp held every September.

The camp provides an opportunity for individuals who are living with aphasia to enjoy a weekend retreat, along with one or two family members/friends.

Activities are both recreational and therapeutic.

The staff and volunteers are speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and recreational therapists. All educated about aphasia and support communication techniques, as well as safety and mobility.


 

Alberta Aphasia Camp 2021 will be ONLINE

Due to the continuing COVID19 pandemic, there are a variety of restrictions which make hosting an in-person aphasia camp challenging.  The decision has been made to host a second online camp.

We are planning to host a virtual camp with many of the same activities you know and love from past camps! These activities include;

  • Painting
  • Yoga
  • Communication games
  • Aphasia choir
  • Movie and discussion
  • And more!


 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How can I register for the camp

You can access the registration on our website.

Please indicate on the form if you are a person with aphasia or a family member/friend.

Where do I send my registration form?

The registration form can either be filled out;

  1. Digitally on your computer, or
  2. Printed on paper.

Once you have filled out the form, please email/fax/mail the form to Kim Smith at March of Dimes Canada.

Kim Smith
March of Dimes Canada
3639 26 Street NE, Calgary, Alberta
T1Y 5E1

Email: kasmith@marchofdimes.ca
Fax: 403-263-8954
Phone: 1-855-583-4637 ext. 2 OR 403-263-1946

What is the registration deadline?
Friday, July 30, 2021
How much does it cost to attend Alberta Aphasia Camp?

It costs $40 per participant to attend. This covers the cost of a camper kit, which includes;

  • Camp t-shirt
  • Materials for activities
  • SWAG
  • And much more!

Indicate on your registration form how you will be paying (cheque or credit card).

  • If paying by credit card, you will be contacted 2 weeks prior to camp to get your card number (do not include credit card information on registration form)
  • If paying by cheque, please mail to Kim Smith (address above)
I find technology challenging, can I have someone assist me with that?

Yes! The person assisting you with technology will attend all the same activities you do and support you throughout the whole process. If you want them to also have a camp t-shirt, you can indicate this on the registration form. Their t-shirt will cost an additional $10.

Where is the camp located?

Alberta Aphasia Camp 2021 will be online. You will need to download the software Zoom onto your computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Instructions for downloading the Zoom software are here. Or find aphasia-friendly instructions on our website.

Can I bring someone with me?

Yes! All campers with aphasia can bring family members and/or friends. Each person attending camp and participating in the activities must fill out a registration form and pay the registration fee.

Do I have to bring someone with me?

No! You are welcome to attend on your own.

What types of activities can we do online?

We will have many of the same activities that we have at our regular camp. We will have both large group and small group activities.

Activities includes;

  • Yoga
  • Painting
  • Singing
  • Communication games
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Movie and discussion
  • And much more!
What is the schedule?

We will meet online September 18 & 19, 2021. The schedule is still being determined.

Get involved in the Alberta Aphasia Camp

Volunteers

Students interested in volunteering: All our student volunteers (SLP, OT, PT, RecT) are from the University of Alberta, most of which are in their second year in the Faculty of Rehab Medicine. 

Community therapists interested in volunteering: We will often take one or two community therapists (SLP, OT, PT, RecT) each year and try to have different therapists involved each year. If you are interested, please contact Andrea Ruelling, SLP, Alberta Aphasia Camp co-director (ruelling@ualberta.ca)


Refer Someone to Alberta Aphasia Camp

Refer someone: If you would like to refer someone to the camp, you can download a registration form from our website, or contact us for more information.


Financial Support

Financial support: You can also support the Alberta Aphasia Camp financially by making a donation to March of Dimes Canada. Please contact Kim Smith by email (kasmith@marchofdimes.ca) or by phone (1-855-583-4637 ext. 2 OR 403-263-1946)


 

Memories from Alberta Aphasia Camp!

What Alberta Aphasia Camp Means to our Campers

 

Highlights from Alberta Aphasia Camp 2015