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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

In Celebration of National Aphasia Awareness Month

16th Annual Aphasia Day

Saturday June 9, 2018 9:15-3:15

Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, 355 E. Erie Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Featuring Melanie Drane

The Language of the Heart: Stories, Creativity, and Resilience in the Presence of Aphasia

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Melanie Drane is a licensed marriage and family therapist in Los Angeles. In 2010, her elder sister barely survived a massive stroke that left her with aphasia. The two sisters began to live together again as midlife adults.

As a psychotherapist, Melanie wanted to understand how families adapt to aphasia, but she found very little support or literature in her psychotherapy community. She decided to make it a focus of her work as a psychotherapist. In the process, she became fascinated by how sharing stories and creativity can support aphasia recovery and refresh our relationships with each other.

Melanie Drane


Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment: 312-238-6163

Sponsored by the Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment with assistance from The Coleman Foundation

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