Fall semester 2023’s book is The Boys in the Boat
ABOUT APHASIA BOOK CLUBS
These book clubs are designed for people living with aphasia. One of the things people miss most after a stroke is reading. The aim of the club is get you reading again and to then discuss readings (and also random life events!) in a friendly and supportive environment.
- Important Note: this is not a literary book club and we will not dissect and analyze the author’s meaning but rather focus on plot and relationship of ideas and themes to our own lives. Generation of discussion among group members is the primary goal!
If you are looking to work on improving and practicing language only (and not your reading), please take a look at our Aphasia Language Support Program.
WHO COMES TO APHASIA BOOK CLUB?
Anyone with aphasia is welcome to attend. However, it is recommended that you be able to either read at the paragraph level OR that you can listen to an audio book and retain most of the information presented. Some people like to attend the first few sessions with their partner or family member. We encourage independent participation after that!
WHAT DO WE DO?
We will provide you with a copy of the current book that is being read. You may also choose to purchase a copy of the audio book if you would find that helpful.
The chosen book is broken down into chapters to read each week. We also have:
- Chapter summaries – can be at paragraph or phrase level, depending on your reading ability
- Character summaries – to help keep track of the characters
- Questions about the reading – this helps to ensure that you have understood the text. Multiple choice options are offered as well as reflection questions that challenge readers to articulate experiences from their own lives that relate to those in the book.
The goal is to ensure that everyone has their turn to speak and is able to get their message across. Some people use their iPads, some use pen and paper – anything is accepted.
WHEN and WHERE?
Fridays at 1:00pm-2:30 pm. We will run two in-person groups and one online group, restarting 9/8/23
In-person groups take place in the Human Development Building (HDB) rm. 143 on the Storrs Campus.
Online book clubs will take place at the same time via this link.
TITLES SO FAR
These are the books we have read so far. All materials we have developed are attached and you are welcome to use them. Keep reading over the summer!!!
Contact Jennifer Mozeiko, Lab Director