Aphasia is an acquired language disorder, most often caused by stroke. It can affect the ability to speak, understand, read and write. The Alberta Aphasia Camp is a weekend-long camp held every September. It is held in a rustic outdoor camp away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It provides an opportunity for individuals who are living with aphasia, as well as one of their family members or friends, to enjoy a weekend retreat. Activities are both recreational and therapeutic in nature. Here campers get to participate in diverse activities such as yoga; drum circle; canoeing; high and low ropes; indoor and outdoor games; arts and crafts; nature walks; and fireside singing. The staff and volunteers are all educated about aphasia and support communication techniques.
Each year, volunteers are selected students enrolled in the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine studying to become speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists. These students are guided by experienced health-care professionals and this special collaboration also allows for students to extend their knowledge beyond the classroom.
When: Sept. 13-15, 2019
Where: Gull Lake Centre
2019 Cost: $125.00 (early bird discount until June 29, 2019) $175.00 (fee until July 26, 2019)
Example weekend schedule
Example packing list
Directions to Gull Lake Centre camp
Alberta Aphasia Camp 2019 save the date
Aphasia Camp brochure
Frequently Asked Questions
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Read highlights from 2015 here.