Author Archives: Shirley Morganstein

About Shirley Morganstein

I am a life participation therapist for people with aphasia, exploring the relational and reflective process.

Time to say goodbye

On Christmas Eve, we lost our Kai to what must have been a sudden, fatal heart attack.  It was very fast, and completely devastating.  Kai was a part of our lives for 15 years, and his presence is so thoroughly … Continue reading

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“I think I’ve brushed my teeth for the last time.” Audrey Holland, quoting a person with ALS on her last visit with him.

Originally posted on Relationship and Reflection in Aphasia Therapy:
  Death is not a frequent travel companion for those of us who are speech and language therapists, yet there are times when it makes its presence known.    In my…

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Reflection on disability and identity: the neverending story.

On November 19th this year, Marilyn Certner Smith and I will be presenting on relationship and reflection in aphasia therapy at the national convention of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association in Philadelphia.  As usual, we are tweaking slides and engaging … Continue reading

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Through the mirror of soundcloud

Some months ago, Michael Biel was kind enough to interview me for ANCDS as part of his series on aphasia therapy.  I doubt there is anything more terrifying than hearing yourself speak for an hour, but fortunately, Michael is a … Continue reading

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In the midst of such uncertainty, I cling not to what I know, but what I feel. Heidi Julavits

Aphasia Awareness Haiku # 3 I am happy now Though I know there are no words To say how much.

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Aphasia Awareness Haiku #2

Sometimes in the night My dreams show me all the words But they’re lost at dawn 

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“Awareness is the ability to directly know and perceive, to feel, or to be conscious of events, objects, thoughts, emotions, or sensory patterns.[1] In this level of consciousness, sense data can be confirmed by an observer without necessarily implying understanding…” Wikipedia on Awareness

As a person with a disability, I have never appreciated a goal of increased awareness of disability on the part of others. As a college student, I remember refusing an assignment in one of my classes, which was designed to … Continue reading

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“No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them.” Brene Brown

A quick review of my last few posts reveals a lot about my focus:  contemplation of sadness and loss, or moving toward ending.  Why do I choose to write so much about these, and so little about the beginnings?  Because … Continue reading

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“Attention without feeling…is only a report.” Mary Oliver

It seems I am losing yet another person to whom I am connected.  Listening to reports of her decline, a fall, a broken hip, failure to thrive.  I can see the path she is on, and I am hoping she … Continue reading

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The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic, or intellectual, forms a bridge between the sharers which can be the basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference. Audre Lorde

The feeling is palpable – a wall is up, and I’m the enemy.  Black inner city woman – tired, and depressed, and with seemingly little to say, has ID’d me:  White.  Privileged.  Unknown to poverty. Of course, she’s right.  Only … Continue reading

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