ACC Research Findings
In 1994, Dr. Elman received national funding to conduct a randomized controlled trial that investigated the efficacy and effectiveness of group communication treatment for individuals with chronic aphasia. She felt that it was vital to have valid and reliable data before establishing a community-based program.
This research proved that there was significant value in receiving regular group “communication workouts,” as meaningful improvement could continue for years following a stroke. In addition, many individuals who participated in the program began to venture outside their homes and return to community life for the first time, even after receiving traditional treatment, and, in many cases, years after stroke.
The Aphasia Center of California was founded in 1996, following completion of this study. The research results indicated that individuals who participated in aphasia communication groups made significant improvement in both communication skills and psychosocial function. Also, with the emergence of managed healthcare, we recognized gaps in services and a reduction in approved visits by insurance carriers. We believed that many people with aphasia were being left with significant deficits that were creating lasting impacts on their lives.
Our research findings appear in numerous peer reviewed professional journals and are presented at scientific meetings and trainings around the world.