Big Sky Aphasia Program (BSAP)

Mission and Principles

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We strive to live up to the following principles and goals:

  • All individuals with aphasia can benefit from intensive speech-language therapy, regardless of aphasia type, severity, or time post-onset.
  • Speech-language therapy interventions must be grounded in current evidence of best practices and based upon principles or neurobiological recovery.
  • Treatment should be individualized and incorporate client values, interests, and skills.
  • Caregiver education, training, and support are vital components of effective aphasia therapy.
  • Aphasia treatment should include a variety of service delivery models including individual, group, and computer-based therapies.

Who We Are

Catherine Off

Catherine A. Off, Ph.D., CCC-SLP - catherine.off@umontana.edu - (406)-243-2104

Co-Director and Assistant Professor

Catherine Off obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics at the University of California - Berkeley in 1996 and her Masters of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences at the University of Wyoming in 1999. She worked as a speech-language pathologist at the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Philadelphia, PA for two years in acute, sub-acute, and outpatient rehabilitation units as well as at the VAMC's nursing home. Catherine received her doctoral degree in Speech and Hearing Sciences, with emphasis on aphasia and word retrieval impairments in individuals recovering from stroke, from the Unviersity of Washington in Seattle in 2008. After completing her doctoral degree, Catherine joined the clinical faculty at California State University, Northridge as a lecturer and supervisor for the neurogenic communication disorders practicum. Currently, Catherine is Associate Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana. She is a Co-Director of the Big Sky Aphasia Program (BSAP) that is operated out of the University of Montana DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic. Her areas of clinical and research interest include rehabilitation of neurogenic communication disorders stemming from stroke, degenerative diseases, and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Her research investigates the effects of intensive therapy and telerehabilitation for individuals with aphasia and traumatic brain injury. Catherine is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) and licensed in the states of Montana and California. She is an active member of the Academy of Neurogenic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) and the Montana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA).

Jenna Griffin

Jenna R. Griffin, M.S., CCC-SLP - jenna.griffin@mso.umt.edu - (406)-243-2375

Co-Director and Clinical Educator

Jenna Griffin is a clinical educator in the department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana and serves as co-director of the Big Sky Aphasia Program (BSAP). Jenna obtained her Bachelor of Arts in the department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at the University of Montana in 2012, and graduated from the Speech-Language Pathology graduate program at the University of Montana in 2014. Jenna completed a clinical fellowship at St. Vincent Healthcare in the stroke and traumatic brain injury rehabilitation center located in Billings, MT. Through this experience, Jenna gained additional knowledge that best allows her to incorporate evidence-based practice, individual client characteristics, and principles of neuroplasticity in a clinical setting. Jenna's areas of research interest include evidence-based practice for acquired neurologic disorders, and investigation of principles of neuroplasticity such as intensity and dosage for aphasia rehabilitation. She is a member of the Montana Speech-Language-Hearing Association (MSHA) and is certified by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA).

Our Clients

We serve individuals, families, and caregivers of individuals with acquired neurogenic communication disorders including: cognitive-communication impairments, aphasia, acquired apraxia of speech, and dysarthria, stemming from stroke, traumatic brain injury, and/or other neurological disorders or diseases (e.g., Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, etc.). Our clients include students, veterans, and community members from across the state of Montana and stroke survivors from across the country. Prospective clients must be medically stable; those wishing to participate in the intensive aphasia programs must have the cognitive and physical endurance to withstand the rigors of an intensive therapy program.

Contact Information

The Unviersity of Montana DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic

RiteCare Clinic Office (406)-243-2405

Office Manager: Heather Winters

Fax: (406)-243-6678

heather.winters@mso.umt.edu

Mailing Address:

The University of Montana DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic

32 Campus Drive

Missoula, MT 59812-6696

Physical Address:

The University of Montana DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic

Curry Health Center, Lower Level

634 Eddy Avenue

Missoula, MT 59812-6696

Directions

The University of Montana DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic is located in the lower level of the Curry Health Center located on 634 Eddy Avenue in Missoula. Parking passes are provided by the UM DeWit RiteCare Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic (please come inside and get one). You will need to display the parking pass inside your windshield. You will get ticketed without a parking pass.

Directions Traveling East on US Highway 90

Take Exit 105 for I-90 Bus Loop

Turn left at US - 12 Van Buren Street

Turn left at N. Madison Street

Turn (slightly) left at Arthur (stay in the left lane over the bridge).

Turn left at South 6th Street East

Turn right at Maurice Ave.

Turn right at Eddy Ave.

Seven reserved spaces are in front of the Curry Health Center right side on Eddy Avenue. Also two Handicap spaces are in front of the Curry Health Center. You will need a parking pass for your windshield.

Directions Traveling North (from Hamilton) on Highway 93

Heading north on US-93 North.

Continue on Brooks Street/US 12

Turn left at S Higgins Ace (T intersection with Hellgate High School).

Turn right at South 6th Street East (one way).

Turn right at Maurice Ave.

Turn right at Eddy Ave.

Seven reserves spaces are in front of the Curry Health Center right side on Eddy Avenue. Also two Handicap spaces are in front of the Curry Health Center. You will need a parking pass for your windshield.

Directions Traveling West on US Highway 90

Take exit 105 for I-90 Bus Loop.

Turn right at US - 12 Van Buren Street.

Turn right on E. Broadway Street.

Turn left at N. Madison Street.

Turn (slightly) left at Arthur (stay in the left lane over the bridge).

Turn left at South 6th Street East.

Turn right at Maurice Ave.

Turn right at Eddy Ave.

Seven reserved spaces are in front of the Curry Health Center right side on Eddy Avenue. Also two Hanicap spaces are in front of the Curry Health Center. You will need a parking pass for your windshield.

Map to te Curry Health Center