This is the official web site of the Asheville Area Aphasia Support Group.

Aphasia is the loss or partial loss of language skills in an adult with previously normal language.  Aphasia can result from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, tumors or progressive disorders such as primary progressive aphasia.  Aphasia itself is not a cognitive disorder.  People with aphasia may have normal memory and other thinking skills.

It is the goal of the Asheville Area Aphasia Support group to help those who are affected by Aphasia, as well as to raise awareness in the community.

Criteria for Joining the Asheville Aphasia Group:

Individuals eligible for the Large and Small Aphasia Groups are adults who have a confirmed diagnosis of aphasia, either of sudden onset or of the progressive type. Our group is not appropriate for individuals who may have other forms of communication disorders. 

Individuals who are welcome to the  Family and Friends Support Group are those who have a family member or friend who is currently attending the Aphasia Groups.

From Asheville Flyer for Kids

Every month here in Asheville, a little free paper comes out, just for little people. The Asheville Flyer for Kids (AFK) is an old-fashioned "Fun & Games" paper, featuring puzzles, and pictures, and stuff to read, as well as a parade of recurring cartoon characters like Banjo the Whistlepig, Ashely Buncombe, and Freddie Darryll the Flying Squirrel.

In the June, 2013 issue of the AFK, it was revealed that Freddie Darryll has aphasia.

The AFK has made the. Asheville Area Aphasia Support Group the sponsor of his monthly word search puzzle

You can learn more about Asheville Flyer for Kids HERE.

You can get a copy of AFK just about anywhere. It's free!
Giffords Comes Home to Aphasia Treatment
by Bridget Murray Law

above: Giffords' SLPs often end intensive treatment sessions with a group sing-along to videos on YouTube.

Congresswoman Gabrielle ("Gabby") Giffords captured the attention—and deep sympathy—of a nation when she was shot by Jared Lee Loughner in a Safeway parking lot on January 8, 2011, in Tucson.

Read the whole article on line here.


In the prize winning film “Aphasia”, Carl McIntyre stars as himself, with a supporting cast of professional actors, who are Carl’s friends and have accompanied him through the ups and downs of his journey of recovery and adjustment to life with aphasia.

The 2012 version of the film includes comments on aphasia by Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks and people who have worked closely with Carl before his stroke as he attains new life goals as a spokesperson for aphasia.

The new DVD contains "Aphasia the Movie" along with 100 minutes of other material, including videos of Carl being interviewed by Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks and her discussion of Carl's aphasia. It is available on Amazon!
Click HEREto purchase.

"A WCU Professor Emerita Leads the Language Therapy Team for Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords"

An Article for Western Carolina Magazine by By RANDALL HOLCOMBE
Read it HERE.

"A portrayal of aphasia in pictures and song"
by Marc Black.

More about Marc Black:

The Myth of the Aphasia Recovery “Plateau”
by Dr. Nancy Helm-Estabrooks

Perhaps one of the most frustrating things that happens to people who are dealing with aphasia is hearing from clinicians that they’ve reached a “plateau” in their recovery; a mythical place where no further improvement is to be expected. Often they hear about the “plateau” from their physicians who, in the earliest period after onset of aphasia, tell them that they can expect recovery for X number of weeks or months before they reach a plateau.
Let’s explore the “geographic” landscape of aphasia recovery and see if we can identify some truths.

To read the entire article, click HERE.

Aphasia the Movie
with Carl McIntyre

Read about it by clicking HERE

On May 25, 2010 Asheville Aphasia Support Group founder Edna Tipton, along with AAASG co-directors Ruby Drew and Nancy Helm-Estabrooks, appeared on "Evening Rounds" on WCQS.  This show is hosted by David Hurand who interviewed the three AAASG representatives regarding aphasia and its effect on individuals and their family members. 

You can listen to this 30 minute interview by clicking HERE.

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month!
Each year, congress passes a resolution that designates June as National Aphasia Awareness Month to support efforts to increase the awareness of aphasia, a communication impairment caused by brain damage. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), aphasia affects at least 1,000,000 people in the United States.

Read more HERE

Aphasia Support Groups and Treatment Clinics

We meet from 10:00 am
12 noon.


September 8
September 15
September 22
September 29

October 6
October 13
October 20
October 27

November 3
November 10
November 17
November 24

We are located in the
Grace Covenant Presbyterian Church (GCPC)
789 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC
(get directions)

For further information contact:  Edna Tipton 828 684-9619

Asheville Aphasia Group Coordinators and Facilitators

Coordinator of New Members
Bill Neeriemer

Coordinator of Volunteers
Kathy Graziano

Small Group Facilitators
Kathy Graziano
Bill Neeriemer
& Volunteers

Aphasia Assessments and Friend and Family Group Facilitator
Nancy Helm-Estabrooks

Asheville Aphasia Group Consultant
Ruby Drew

Asheville Aphasia Group Founder and Friend and Family Group Facilitator
Edna Tipton


This web site was last updated on Monday, September 8, 2014