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Tom -- You are too kind!  Thank you so much for your incredibly kind words and support, and for letting us share your story with the world.  This planet needs more Toms in it!” (11/17/2021)    

Jolie Hales, Host, Producer, and Writer for the Big Compute Podcast At the Heart of Simulation Podcast and the American Heart and Stroke Association, and especially the AHA Support Network.

Dr. Broussard, Thank you for the note. In case it wasn't obvious, we all really enjoyed having you present during our class last night, and I hope it's not the last time we meet. I know there is so much more we all have to learn from you, and I know I was not the only one who was absolutely captivated. I have a set of three of your books in my cart on Amazon as we speak, and I can't wait to read them. (That says a lot for someone who is not typically a big reader!)  Have a great weekend. ​

Cali Tucker, masters student, Speech Language Pathology, Jacksonville, University (11-11-2021).

 “Wow! I really had no idea what to expect from this course with Dr. Broussard, but was blown away at the applications plasticity has in our everyday life as we age. Thank you VERY MUCH, Tom, for opening our minds to this!”  

Class participant, Stroke & Aphasia Recovery: Metaphors Help Us Mend…and Learn (Zoom) at the Chesapeake Forum, An Academy for Lifelong Learning, Easton, MD, 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM, September 28 2021

“Hi Tom! I just want to say: Just WOW.  I have been watching you in so many settings (via various videos, zoom, etc.), and today's presentation was simply outstanding Tom. Thank you for sharing your amazing story and for your tireless advocacy. Doreen 😊✨”

Doreen, my Stroke Survivor friend! (9/22/2021)

“Hi Tom, I hope you’re doing well! I absolutely loved your book! The ABC’s of Aphasia offers awareness and education about Aphasia in such an accessible, yet thoughtful way. I immediately thought about the kiddos I worked with at my public-school placement and could truly see this book being worked into a school curriculum. Especially since students as young as elementary school are given research assignments, I could see this book being a great resource for children to learn about aphasia and its similarities to topics and vocabulary covered in science class (e.g., axon, cell, synapses, etc.). Thank you for sharing this book with me. I will be using this as a resource for many people in my own community.” (9/17/2021).  

Lindsay Tretton, M.S. Candidate, Speech-Language Pathology, Department of Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences: Sargent College, Boston University, Boston, MA.

“Hi Tom and THANK YOU so very much for speaking with my class this morning - you're FANTASTIC, and you were a BIG HIT!!!!!!!  You really inspired the students and gave them a great gift...And, no worries about your answers to some of the questions - your responses were excellent. I look forward to writing the article with you about communication curves as healthy people age and as PWA age.  Email when you're ready and good luck meeting your Nov 30 book deadline 🙂 Thank you again and STAY WELL!!”  

Therese M. O’Neil-Pirozzi, Ph.D., SLP Program Director & Associate Professor, Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (9/16/2021).

“Dear Tom, Thanks for sharing this amazing story (Aphasia Recovery: The Illusion of “Reaching One’s Plateau” for People with Aphasia (PWA)) that will give hope to so many. Warm regards, Tracey” (8/20/2021)  

Tracey Tokuhama-Espinosa, Author, Mind, Brain, and Education Science, A Comprehensive Guide to The New Brain-Based Teaching.

Inspired, hopeful and encouraging... A person with aphasia who has learned a new game, a new story, a great joke, or met a new friend, is learning every day. It is an impossibility not to learn, given that every single neuronal impulse is transmitting new information to other (continuously growing) cells that have the ability to learn. People with aphasia cannot not learn at any stage. That is the illusion of having “reached one’s plateau” when there are still so many mountains able to climb.  Just excellent work! (8/20/2021)    

Peter Skillman, lifelong friend since Elementary school, Wayne, PA

Cindy Nichols, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Faculty, The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Loyola University Maryland

“Tom - thanks for this article (Aphasia Recovery and Brain Topiary: Shaping the Networks of the Brain ); I love the idea of people with aphasia being "master gardeners" of their own brain topiary.  (LOVE this phrase: "woven into the mazes of their own recovery"). This suggests the ACTIVE, INTENTIONAL EFFORT that's needed to effect recovery.  Plants do grow wild, but the result isn't always something that's desirable.  To get healthy tomatoes, you need to prune, stake and weed constantly.  Great analogy (7/14/2021).”  

Cindy Nichols, MS, CCC-SLP, Clinical Faculty, The Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Loyola University Maryland

Aphasia Boot Camp, The University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Memphis, TN (6/24/2021).

“Tom, Thank you again for your time with us today. I'm sure you will be the topic of discussion tomorrow in the camp. Your messages were so inspiring, and your answers to their questions were encouraging and informative. I'm glad that you spoke about memory. We have a participant with Primary Progressive Aphasia, and it was good for her to hear your thoughts about memory. I know you will hear from some of them soon. Thank you for offering to continue the conversations with them. Lastly, I want you to know that I saw a marked difference in your language and presentation this time compared to a couple of years ago. You must have been practicing😊, Best, Marilyn” Marilyn J. Dunham Wark, MA, CCC-SLP, Director of Speech-Language Pathology Services Clinical Professor ASHA Fellow, The University of Memphis School of Communication Sciences & Disorders, Memphis, TN (6/24/2021).

Aphasia Boot Camp, University of Memphis Speech & Hearing Center (6/24/2021)

“Hi Tom, Thank you again for taking the time to enrich our Bootcamp with your words of wisdom about aphasia. It gave our campers, families and clinicians (including me) a lot to think about - think hard. I especially appreciate your explanation of enriched speech therapy activities at home. That is timely information with our camp coming to a close next week. Your use of metaphors helps to put a handle on some abstract concepts. The imagery makes them easier to understand. I think your fan base grew by at least 25 this morning. I will make sure they all have your email & website. After you left the meeting, I encouraged them to subscribe to your newsletter - it’s like a monthly vitamin or shot in the arm from Dr. Tom ;), Sincerely, Tawni” Tawni Ballinger, MA, CCC/SLP, Aphasia Boot Camp Supervisor, University of Memphis Speech & Hearing Center; Staff Therapist, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN (6/24/2021).

Speaker, 18th Annual National Aphasia Awareness Month, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Chicago, IL (6/5/2021)

What an incredible speaker and you expressed yourself in such a wonderful way. Your images and your ability to share with all of us what you went through was empowering. I have worked as an OT for 34 years and loved everything you shared! Thank you—Thank you! xx  

Jamee Riggio Heelan, OTR/L, Education Program Manager, Henry B. Betts LIFE Center, Shirley Ryan Abilitylab, 355 E. Erie St, Chicago, IL 60611.

Mayo Clinic. (2/23/2021).

Oh that is a great image and visualization. Vygotsky is one of my favorite theorist in education. I used his theory of scaffolding in writing my theory of education my supervisory training as a chaplain in the clinical pastoral education. That’s a great one Tom. Thanks, Star.”

Star, Mayo Clinic. (2/23/2021).

Dr. Jamie Azios, Assistant Professor, The Aphasia Conversation Lab (ACL), ZOOM Presentation, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX (2/10/2021).

“Last week our graduate aphasia class had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Tom Broussard for a guest lecture on recovery after aphasia. Tom shared with us the role of the SLP in continued recovery after aphasia, drawing on his own experiences of aphasia from acute to chronic stages. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Tom! We learned so much!” Dr. Jamie Azios, Assistant Professor, The Aphasia Conversation Lab (ACL), ZOOM Presentation, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX (2/10/2021).

Dr. Jamie Azios, Assistant Professor, The Aphasia Conversation Lab (ACL), ZOOM Presentation, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX (2/10/2021).

Fran Keiser, Owner, Sagaponack Books, St. Augustine, FL (2/16/2021).

Hi Tom, Brilliant as usual!! Great job Tom and I loved the way you tied it (Aphasia Recovery and The Hill We Climb … Together) into a current event and the wonderful poetry of Amanda Gorman. She is amazing, isn’t she? I don’t know anything about her and didn’t know she had a speech problem. The way you worked that into your message was beautiful.” Fran Keiser, Owner, Sagaponack Books, St. Augustine, FL (2/16/2021).

Fran Keiser, Owner, Sagaponack Books, St. Augustine, FL (2/16/2021).

Becky Louko, PT, Supervisor, Rehabilitation Therapy Center, The University of Vermont Medical Center, Fanny Allen Campus, 790 College Parkway Colchester, VT 05446 (2/2/2021).

Thank you for your time.  The presentation was great.  I loved the metaphors.  I think they will help those coping with their deficits and those around them better understand what is happening as they heal. Thanks, Becky”  Becky Louko, PT, Supervisor, Rehabilitation Therapy Center, The University of Vermont Medical Center, Fanny Allen Campus, 790 College Parkway Colchester, VT 05446 (2/2/2021).

Becky Louko, PT, Supervisor, Rehabilitation Therapy Center, The University of Vermont Medical Center, Fanny Allen Campus, 790 College Parkway Colchester, VT 05446 (2/2/2021).

Therese M. O’Neil-Pirozzi, Ph.D., SLP Program Director & Associate Professor, Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (1/27/2021).

Hi Tom and Happy New Year! I hope that your 2021 is off to a good start!! I enjoyed listening to your YouTube (Speech Therapists are the Trim Tab of Aphasia Recovery) from yesterday - you always have a great way with words - you're a poet!” Therese M. O’Neil-Pirozzi, Ph.D., SLP Program Director & Associate Professor, Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (1/27/2021).

Therese M. O’Neil-Pirozzi, Ph.D., SLP Program Director & Associate Professor, Department of Speech Language Pathology and Audiology, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University, Boston, MA (1/27/2021).

Bill Edmonds, Ph.D., Institute for Successful Longevity (ISL), Florida State University (FSU) (3/10/2020).

“Dr. Broussard — Thanks again for coming to FSU to give an ISL Brown Bag presentation. Most interesting talk, and inspirational, too.”

Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology Dept., The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Central Michigan University (CMU), Mount Pleasant, MI (2/20/2020).

“Thanks Ellen for your kind thoughts. It was such a pleasure to showcase Tom and his work on the podcast. Excited for folks to hear his experience, ideas, and energy. I too feel there is a really important message for SLPs about empowering our clients early in the treatment phase to advocate for themselves. All too often it’s the last session and we are telling them what they might do now that we aren’t there with them vs. working with them to plan for the future. Thanks Tom for sharing your insight and wisdom.” Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology Dept., The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Central Michigan University (CMU), Mount Pleasant, MI (2/20/2020).

Mark Evans, MS CCC-SLP, Outpatient Speech Language Pathologist, UVA Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly UVA-HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Hospital), Charlottesville, VA (11/9/2018).

“Thank you so much for presenting to our aphasia support group, Tom.  You shared an insightful look into your personal experience with aphasia recovery and provided sage advice for our members on their road to recovery.  Our subsequent group meeting was spent discussing ideas people took away from your presentation.  Several commented on the encouragement you provided them by hearing your stories and seeing how far you have come over the years.  Your emphasis on motivation and practice as two key elements in a successful recovery resonated well with many of those in attendance.  We are grateful to you for sharing your time and expertise with us.  I often use your story as an example of what can be achieved through dedicated long-term persistence toward improvement.” Mark Evans, MS CCC-SLP, Outpatient Speech Language Pathologist, UVA Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly UVA-HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Hospital), Charlottesville, VA (11/9/2018).

Jim Burd, Springfield Historical Society, Springfield Country Club, Springfield, PA (10/9/2019).

Tom, I hope all is well. I'm reading your first book. What I have read so far is what I experienced in 1968/69 and in 2013/14. The outstanding thing is what you are recalling in your personal (and my) experience.  I hope everyone reads this book and begin to truly understand aphasia and what causes it. Great job.” Jim Burd, Springfield Historical Society, Springfield Country Club, Springfield, PA (10/9/2019).

Barbara Weber, M.S, CCC-SLP, BCBA Speech Language Pathologist Board Certified Behavior Analyst (8/15/2019)

“Tom does such a nice job explaining concepts. I deeply appreciate his perspective, as no one knows like someone who has been there! I also find the concepts he discusses to be informative about language processing, in general.  I think the issues he underlines happen to others whether or not they have had a stroke.  Since your posts several months ago, I have befriended Tom on Facebook and he is a wealth of information.  Thanks for sharing with us!  He is also so gracious and kind.” Barbara Weber, M.S, CCC-SLP, BCBA Speech Language Pathologist Board Certified Behavior Analyst

John Leslie, President, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., Local Chapter 1084, St. Augustine, FL (5/28/2019).

“Thank you Tom for an engaging and informative briefing. I highly recommend your services to any organizations seeking a meaningful and informative guest speaker.” John Leslie, President, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., Local Chapter 1084, St. Augustine, FL (5/28/2019).

The Lansing Area Aphasia Support Group & Rachel Smith, MA, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist, Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation, Lansing, MI (3/27/2019).

“Today went AMAZINGLY!! Thank you very much for presenting to our group and getting them engaged! Everyone truly enjoyed themselves and took a lot away. Thank you very much!! If you have any future presentations you create, I’m sure our group members would love to connect again if you’re interested. Thank you!” The Lansing Area Aphasia Support Group & Rachel Smith, MA, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist, Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation, Lansing, MI (3/27/2019).

Jodi Morgan, CCC-SLP, Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center Manager, Clinical Assistant Professor, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL (1/25/2019).

“Hi Tom, Thanks so much again for coming to the aphasia center.  You are always insightful and motivational.  Glad you liked the treats!   You deserve that and more.” Jodi Morgan, CCC-SLP, Brooks Rehabilitation Aphasia Center Manager, Clinical Assistant Professor, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL (1/25/2019).

Amy Herron, Senior Coordinator, Programs, National Stroke Association, Centennial, CO (7/11/2018).

Dr. Broussard, Thank you for coming to speak with us yesterday morning. I truly enjoyed your presentation and learned quite a lot about aphasia and what that experience is actually like. I look forward to reading your books now as well.” Amy Herron, Senior Coordinator, Programs, National Stroke Association, Centennial, CO (7/11/2018).

Angie Maher, Marketing Communications Manager, Lingraphica. (6/28/2017).

Dr. Thomas Broussard gave a fantastic and informative presentation to several staff members of Lingraphica, as well as some of our device owners and their caregivers today. Tom eloquently shared his journey with stroke, aphasia, and life thereafter. His engaging story and awareness of his limitations during and after his stroke fascinated and enlightened those of us who have never experienced a stroke or communication disorder. If you, your facility, or your organization would like to be educated on stroke, aphasia, and how to recover from them, look no further than Dr. Broussard. You won't be disappointed!”  Angie Maher, Marketing Communications Manager, Lingraphica. (6/28/2017).

Marcia Dahlgren, RN, MSHCE, The Medical Center at Aurora, CO, Cardiac Rehab Clinical Coordinator, Facilitator of Rocky Mountain Stroke Support Group. (6/6/2017)

Thank you, Tom, for coming to our group meeting today and enlightening us about your story and about how brains heal!  You are a great teacher and role model for the group, and, as you saw, we had a large crowd turn up to hear you speak!! Thank you, also, for staying for lunch.  I enjoy very much watching your mind work!  You are curious and interested in everything and everyone.  I feel sure this has had something to do with all you have accomplished.  Thank you for the books and cards!  I am thrilled to read them for myself and to get to check them out to those in the group who might not otherwise be able to afford them for themselves. I feel deeply honored that you came our way again and will look forward to the next!” Marcia Dahlgren, RN, MSHCE, The Medical Center at Aurora, CO, Cardiac Rehab Clinical Coordinator, Facilitator of Rocky Mountain Stroke Support Group. (6/6/2017)

Julius Fridriksson, Ph.D., Professor and Endowed Chair, SmartState, Arnold School of Public Health, Co-Director, McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, Director, Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), University of South Carolina (4/7/2017).

“Thank you very much for visiting us in the Aphasia Lab. We thoroughly enjoyed your lectures and I heard from several of our participants who expressed great satisfaction with our event on Friday. It is so important for stroke survivors to hear from someone who has experienced such extensive recovery and who is now living successfully in spite of having aphasia.” Julius Fridriksson, Ph.D., Professor and Endowed Chair, SmartState, Arnold School of Public Health, Co-Director, McCausland Center for Brain Imaging, Director, Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), University of South Carolina (4/7/2017).

Leigh Ann Spell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Research Clinical Coordinator, Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Carolina (4/6-4/7/2017).

“Thank you so much for the kind words and for the photos!  We all enjoyed meeting you and Laura and having you make our first annual “Aphasia Community Event (ACE)” a huge success!  You do great work and I appreciate your gentle, inspirational message to people in their road to aphasia recovery.  I am so glad the universe brought us all together!” Leigh Ann Spell, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Research Clinical Coordinator, Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery (C-STAR), Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of South Carolina (4/6-4/7/2017).

Katie Murphy, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist & Program Manager I, Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Neurology. (4/7/2017)

“I’m sure you hear this a lot, but you are so very inspiring (to clinicians and fellow stroke survivors … or should I say, STROKE EDUCATORS J).  Learning about your journey and road to recovery (and your Navy experience!) was so motivating and really something I needed to hear.  So, please, keep doing what you do!  I’ve already shared your experience with several of my patients in the hospital.” Katie Murphy, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist & Program Manager I, Medical University of South Carolina, Department of Neurology. (4/7/2017)

NEUROLOGY GRAND ROUNDS, RESIDENT EVALUATION SUMMARY, USC, School of Medicine, Columbia, SC (4/6/2017).

"Great stories. Great perspective! Thank you! Very interesting! Really enjoyed this presentation! Great speaker! Engages audience well and shares his personal experience well. Wonderful! An amazing account by a stroke victim who did all the right things without knowing and to share the steps coming back from a stroke. Great presentation, from a stroke survivor perspective! Can’t thank you enough for coming to SHARE YOUR experience/ story. What a blessing and impact you have! This was a wonderful presentation. It was great Dr. Broussard was able to record his progress. I would strongly recommend this speaker to MDs, OTs, and PTS & SLPs. While the presentation did not have a lot of current research, it was good to hear the journey of recovery from a stroke patient’s view. Thank you for providing info from the PTs view. It allows us “therapist” to understand more. Excellent and engaging speaker! Incredibly interesting topic and perspective. The speaker was very engaging and passionate. I truly enjoyed this presentation. Real world examples are extremely beneficial. Beneficial to go more into what SLP did with him. Interesting to see/hear from an actual patient." Y. Swamy Venkatesh MD, DM, FRCP (Edin), FAAN, FACP, Professor and Vice Chair (Medical Education), Program Director, Neurology Residency Program, University of South Carolina School of Medicine (4/6/2017)

Dr. Souvik Sen, MD, MS, MPH, FAHA, Professor and Chair, Neurology Department, Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Stroke Chair, School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina (4/6/2017).

“I enjoyed your presentation as much as others. Several folks have stopped to thank me for bringing you in to speak. … I could not be there at your other presentations…I heard they were very well received. Thank you again and I am sure we will remain in touch and meet again. I am also going to provide your book as a resource to my stroke patients.” Dr. Souvik Sen, MD, MS, MPH, FAHA, Professor and Chair,  Neurology Department, Center of Economic Excellence Endowed Stroke Chair, School of Medicine, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina (4/6/2017).

Participants survey of my presentation at the CareerSource Northeast Florida career presentation (1/17/2017):

“Tom gave great information. Very interesting analogy with his stroke experience and job search. I learned to always be looking for the next job.” “Opened my thoughts to expand networking.” “Very helpful – the conversation about having a stroke and paralleling that to the job market  was an eye opener.” “Mr. Broussard helped me possibly make a career transition from banking to nonprofit. I was able to realize that I can utilize my skills in a different industry and have a rewarding career.” “Very good presentation. This meeting helped me refocus my energy in the right direction.” “I really enjoyed today’s meeting and learned many new ways on transitioning from being unemployed into a new career.” “New and innovative ideas on different approaches to make a smoother transition in careers.” Some of the comments from the participants survey of the CareerSource Northeast Florida presentation (1/17/2017)

Patsy Partin, Program Manager, CareerSource Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, Florida (1/17/2017)

“Your presentation yesterday was wonderful! I loved your interaction with the group….you really connected with them. Not every speaker has that gift. You did a great job of relating the transition of new learning in stroke recovery and the steps in career transition. Once again, thank you for an informative and inspiring message.” Patsy Partin, Program Manager, CareerSource Northeast Florida, Jacksonville, Florida (1/17/2017)

Carolyn Falconer-Horne, M.S., CCC-SLP Ph.D. Candidate and Speech-Language Pathologist NYU Steinhardt Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders

"Your talk was so well received. I got so much positive feedback and everyone left feeling motivated. We should talk more about that at ASHA. I'll come by the booth when I can. Thank you again for visiting us. Next year we will be in our brand new Health Professions building and we would love to see you again." Carolyn Falconer-Horne, M.S., CCC-SLP Ph.D. Candidate and Speech-Language Pathologist NYU Steinhardt Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders 665 Broadway, 9th floor New York, NY 10012

Andrea Atticks, M.A., CCC-SLP, Affiliate Professor, Dept. of Speech-Language- Hearing Sciences Loyola University Maryland

"I have never met an individual/client who was able to so clearly articulate all of the ‘mysteries’ of aphasia first-hand.  Your ability to independently implement the principles of neuroplasticity, to keep a diary, to record your progress, to engage in such a rigorous and consistent exercise program with your daily walks — it’s all remarkable and fascinating to me as a speech-pathologist." Andrea Atticks, M.A., CCC-SLP, Affiliate Professor, Dept. of Speech-Language- Hearing Sciences Loyola University Maryland

Marcia Dahlgren, RN, MSHCE, The Medical Center at Aurora, CO, Cardiac Rehab Clinical Coordinator, Facilitator of Rocky Mountain Stroke Support Group.

“Thank you, Tom, for kindly coming to our Rocky Mtn. Stroke Group!  There was a great response to your presentation, as you saw, and as I continue to hear. I will be ordering your books, too, and I will enjoy them being resources.  I am thrilled for you that you have the goals you do.  I also appreciate that part of your message is to make everyone understand that they are stroke educators.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Marcia Dahlgren, RN, MSHCE, The Medical Center at Aurora, CO, Cardiac Rehab Clinical Coordinator, Facilitator of Rocky Mountain Stroke Support Group.”

Brittany Chancey, masters student, Speech Language Program, Jacksonville University

I wanted to thank you for coming to speak to us last week! I really enjoyed hearing your story and it made me really excited about entering this field of work! I come from a teaching background (middle school) and I originally thought that I would go back into the school system as an SLP when I complete my time at JU. After completing a few hours at a rehab facility last summer, learning more about aphasia, and after hearing your story, I think my mind may be changing. I've been telling my family and friends about you and your amazing story. I appreciate you coming to share it with the class! I can't wait to read your book!

Stroke Survivors at SCALE at The League, Baltimore, MD, August 18, 2016

Thank you so much for talking with us at SCALE! Your presentation on aphasia was magnificent and motivating!  We liked your diary and how you used words and drawings. Do you have any other suggestions for people who do not write or spell? Your speech is easy to understand and you talked about all the problems we have with aphasia too. We learned about plasticity, salience, repetition and intensity. We know how lucky we are to have a place like SCALE to keep improving ! We hope to see you again, Alison, David, Dave, Vivian, Roz, Peter and Egbert

Janet D. Whiteside, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Founder and Director of the Aphasia House, Orlando, FL

You are an amazing “spark” to all my students.  I ‘kinda like’ that description.  What you do is “enlighten their possibilities” to think beyond disability to ability.  You embody “ability” and “new life” after stroke. Janet D. Whiteside, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow, Founder and Director of the Aphasia House, Orlando, FL

Jill M Weybrant, PT, MS, Inpatient Rehabilitation Manager; Lauren Doran, RN, Stroke Program Coordinator, Mid Coast-Parkview Health, Brunswick, ME.

“I wanted to thank you very much on behalf of Mid Coast-Parkview Health, the Rehabilitation Services Department, and the Communicate after Stroke Support Group.  Your talk was thoroughly enjoyed by all that attended.  It was not only your personal story it was also very educational and informative.  I saw many of the group members taking notes as a reminder of the techniques you found helpful so that they will be able to refer to them and practice them. I started reading your book this past weekend and couldn’t put it down.  I am already through three quarters of the book.  Even as a therapist with 25 years of experience I have found your book very educational.  I will be sharing it with the rest of the rehabilitation department for the their reading pleasure. Thank you again for your time.  We are honored to have been a stop on your ‘Aphasia Awareness’ campaign and your quest to speak in every state.  Jill M Weybrant, PT, MS, Inpatient Rehabilitation Manager; Lauren Doran, RN, Stroke Program Coordinator, Mid Coast-Parkview Health, Brunswick, ME.”

Barbara Reinertsen, Executive Director, United Way of Mid Coast Maine, Bath, ME.

“Thank you so, so much for this kind note, and thank YOU for being you!  I’m tearing up.  It was wonderful to see you, and inspiring to see what you have made out of life circumstances that many people would have been beaten down by.  I am SO glad you’ll be coming back…Barbara Reinertsen, Executive Director, United Way of Mid Coast Maine, Bath, ME.”

Keri Kinniburgh, COTA/L, CSRS, Inpatient Occupational Therapy Assistant, Southern New England Rehabilitation Center at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, 200 High Service Avenue, North Providence, R.I.

“Thank you for coming, everyone enjoyed your presentation, especially the therapists. I agree it was a great day.  I want to say your motivation and dedication to the cause to help educate is truly inspiring. Keri Kinniburgh, COTA/L, CSRS, Inpatient Occupational Therapy Assistant, Southern New England Rehabilitation Center at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital, 200 High Service Avenue, North Providence, R.I.”

Heather E. Coles, M.A. CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Manager Brain Injury Clinic, Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY”

“Thank you so much for your time and for your insights, wisdom and positive energy.    The comments were extremely positive and everyone truly enjoyed it.   There were 30 people there which included graduate SLP students, SLPs, individuals with aphasia and OTs.  We loved having you speak with us.   You are a GEM Tom.    Many, many thanks for your time last evening. Heather E. Coles, M.A. CCC-SLP, Clinical Assistant Professor, Manager Brain Injury Clinic, Wellness and Rehabilitation Institute, Nazareth College, Rochester, NY”

Janet D.  Whiteside, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Founder and Director of the Aphasia House Orlando, FL

“Thanks again for coming.  What an incredible inspiration you are to the students, clients and families.”

Marty Wyngaarden Krauss, Interim Dean, John Stein Professor of Disability Research, Emerita, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University

“You did such a great job at the Tuesday Talks and it was heavenly to see you in action!"

Stroke Survivor caregiver

“Your presentation and book are very encouraging for the healing journey. "

Stroke Survivor Family member

“Your book is assisting in my sister-in-law’s family thoughts, direction and hope. Thanks and we will stay in touch."

UCF Speech Language Pathology Masters student & Aphasia House, Orlando, Florida

“I wanted to thank you for coming to the Aphasia House today to speak about your experience with aphasia.  You offered many insightful tips about metacognition, therapy, recovery, and etc.  I also heard you speak last semester during Friday Only Club about your journey through having a stroke and recovery and found it fascinating.  You speak extremely well and tell a great story.  I loved your first book and cannot wait to read your second book."

Hospital Volunteer President, Florida

"It was a pleasure to listen to you and I believe you had a captive audience.  I have already placed your information on the list of suggested speakers for next year’s President.”

SLP Masters student, BU College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College

“Thank you for coming to share your story. Your energy and motivation to speak in all 50 states over the next 5 years is inspiring! I wish you the best of luck, and hope to see you again in the future.”

Frank Holt, Ph.D., RN, Cambridge College, Cambridge, MA

“I don't know if you caught it last night, but as one of my students was leaving, he said "Thanks Professor for bringing him here!" I have had a number of guest lecturers over the years but have never gotten that kind of response. As I told you last night, your presentation was superb. You had the attention of everybody in the room and you put yourself right out there as "Exhibit A." I will be referring to this for the rest of the semester.”

Sharra Owens-Schwartz, MBA ’10, Assistant Director, Alumni Relations and Annual Giving, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management Brandeis University.

“It was great seeing you yesterday. Your talk and more importantly your journey is amazing. I so appreciate your sharing it with us. So now we have something great that connects us - "Melodious."

Brandeis Student

“Dear Dr. Broussard, Thank you for speaking at Brandeis last week. Your talk was very interesting and I admire the way in which you have turned your stroke into opportunities to learn and educate others. I wish you all the best and hope to attend another of your talks if you are in the area."

Karen Tucker, Executive Director, Adler Aphasia Center, Maywood, NJ.

“Everyone’s stroke story is inspiring. The specific damage to the brain, the personality and style you bring to the stroke and the financial resources and support of family are part and parcel of someone’s journey. Your methodical and determined style and all the other ‘helpers’ along the way have obviously made a difference in your healing. Congratulations for your success and your current journey as you travel throughout the country sharing it with others.”

William Blackburn, Ph.D. student, Southeastern Louisiana University

“Dr. Broussard's presentation regarding his experience of an ischemic stroke and his recovery process was enlightening. Dr. Broussard effectively bridged the recovery experience of a stroke victim with the academic principles of recovery. Having had the opportunity to see him present to both an audience of stroke survivors as well as an academic audience of speech pathologists and students, his skill in reaching both audiences was superb. As a future clinician, I have gained a deeper understanding of stroke victims' perspectives in recovery through Dr. Broussard's description of his personal journey. He combined his natural curiosity and skills as a researcher to draw the community of clinicians and stroke survivors together into that space where recovery and renewal take place. I look forward to hearing him speak again.”

Chaleece Sandberg, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Director, Adult Neuroplasticity Laboratory at Penn State, State College, PA

”Tom, it was an honor & a pleasure having you speak to the class. I am excited for our next event…I look forward to our continued friendship & collegiality."

Filip Loncke, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

“Thank you for a very interesting, inspiring and illuminating talk. Very interesting – your perspective really makes the picture we have of aphasia much more complete and more meaningful. "

Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, M.A. CCC-SLP, Co-Director, Aphasia Treatment Program, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA (2/20/2020).

I listened to your podcast last night. It was inspiring to hear your story and positive attitude, Tom. I really was delighted to learn more about your story and particularly your efforts to promote the concept of advocacy. I like the term, "stroke educator".  I also appreciated how you expressed the importance of the SLP planning for the individual with aphasia to take charge of their practice and ongoing recovery. Carol Dow Richards speaks to this as well. It was an informative and enthusiastic conversation. Thank you for sharing your time with the Aphasia Conversations Podcast team. I thought you and Katie had such a nice rapport. It was a pleasure to listen to every minute of the show. Hats off to you both.” Ellen Bernstein-Ellis, M.A. CCC-SLP, Co-Director, Aphasia Treatment Program, Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Norma S. and Ray R. Rees Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic, California State University, East Bay, Hayward, CA (2/20/2020).

Michelle Gutmann, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (12/3/2019).

Thanks so much, Tom, for a wonderful presentation! The Purdue Aphasia Support Group LOVED it! You were all the ‘buzz’ in the room after your talk. Everyone was inspired by your experience and your perseverance. A few people talked about how they wish they’d kept a diary, and the ‘aha’ moments when things came back. I’d say you were a huge hit! Thanks so much for e-visiting with us this evening. I so much appreciate your time and expertise.” Michelle Gutmann, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Clinical Professor, Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN (12/3/2019).

Mark Evans, MS CCC-SLP, Outpatient Speech Language Pathologist, UVA Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly UVA-HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Hospital), Charlottesville, VA (11/9/2018).

“Thank you so much for presenting to our aphasia support group, Tom.  You shared an insightful look into your personal experience with aphasia recovery and provided sage advice for our members on their road to recovery.  Our subsequent group meeting was spent discussing ideas people took away from your presentation.  Several commented on the encouragement you provided them by hearing your stories and seeing how far you have come over the years.  Your emphasis on motivation and practice as two key elements in a successful recovery resonated well with many of those in attendance.  We are grateful to you for sharing your time and expertise with us.  I often use your story as an example of what can be achieved through dedicated long-term persistence toward improvement.” Mark Evans, MS CCC-SLP, Outpatient Speech Language Pathologist, UVA Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital (formerly UVA-HEALTHSOUTH Rehabilitation Hospital), Charlottesville, VA (11/9/2018).

Courtney Andrews, MA, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Box 70643, Johnson City, TN 37614 (9/19/2019).

“Hi Dr. Broussard, I just wanted to thank you again for talking to our group last night. So much good and useful information. Sparked some really good discussion after. Thanks! Have a great weekend.” Courtney Andrews, MA, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, College of Clinical and Rehabilitative Health Sciences, East Tennessee State University, Box 70643, Johnson City, TN 37614 (9/19/2019).

Tawni Ballinger, MA, CCC/SLP, Aphasia Boot Camp Supervisor, University of Memphis Speech & Hearing Center; Staff Therapist, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN (6/25/2019).

Hi Tom, Thank you so much for speaking to our group this morning. … I think it all worked out well! I counted and there were about 50 people in attendance. Several people commented afterward that they were enlightened and/or inspired by what you had to say. Thanks again for educating our "Stroke Educators"!” Tawni Ballinger, MA, CCC/SLP, Aphasia Boot Camp Supervisor, University of Memphis Speech & Hearing Center; Staff Therapist, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN (6/25/2019).

John Leslie, President, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., Local Chapter 1084, St. Augustine, FL (5/28/2019).

“Thank you Tom for an engaging and informative briefing. I highly recommend your services to any organizations seeking a meaningful and informative guest speaker.” John Leslie, President, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., Local Chapter 1084, St. Augustine, FL (5/28/2019).

Katie Strong, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology Dept., The Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow College of Health Professions, Central Michigan University (CMU), Mount Pleasant, MI (5/3/2019).

“Fantastic work Tom! You are the image of advocate!”

The Lansing Area Aphasia Support Group & Rachel Smith, MA, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist, Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation, Lansing, MI (3/27/2019).

“Today went AMAZINGLY!! Thank you very much for presenting to our group and getting them engaged! Everyone truly enjoyed themselves and took a lot away. Thank you very much!! If you have any future presentations you create, I’m sure our group members would love to connect again if you’re interested. Thank you!” The Lansing Area Aphasia Support Group & Rachel Smith, MA, CCC-SLP, speech-language pathologist, Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation, Lansing, MI (3/27/2019).

Faye Stillman, MS, CCC-SLP/ATP, CE Manager and Assistive Technology Professional at Lingraphica, Princeton, NJ (1/31/2019).

Thank you for being my presentation partner, Tom! I’m grateful for the opportunity to get to work with you. You made our presentation informative and so fun! #ATIA19.” Faye Stillman, MS, CCC-SLP/ATP, CE Manager and Assistive Technology Professional at Lingraphica, Princeton, NJ (1/31/2019).

Edward Taub, Ph.D., Director, Taub Therapy Clinic, University of Alabama (UAB), Birmingham, AL (6/25/2018)

Hey Tom, It was a great pleasure meeting with you and getting your ideas on post-stroke aphasia rehabilitation. We certainly think alike about what is important there— what a person with aphasia is able to do in everyday situations. It takes someone like yourself who is living the recovery phase, or an outsider like myself, to realize the fundamental importance of that as something to work on, rather than something that one hopes will happen after work in a treatment setting. I would like to stay in touch. We have many areas of common interest and agreement. I admire your intuitive understanding of what is important for improving speech after stroke, and in your case returning to virtually normal. That took very clever understanding and a kind of persistence that few people are capable of without a lot of help.” Edward Taub, Ph.D., Director, Taub Therapy Clinic, University of Alabama (UAB), Birmingham, AL (6/25/2018)

Dr. Jamie Azios, Assistant Professor, The Aphasia Conversation Lab (ACL), SKYPE Presentation, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX (9/5/2018).

We enjoyed your talk so much. … the discussion…was just so motivating for our group members. Thank you, again, for all that you do for the aphasia community. You’re really making a difference and I can’t tell you how much we appreciate you Skyping in today.” Dr. Jamie Azios, Assistant Professor, The Aphasia Conversation Lab (ACL), SKYPE Presentation, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Lamar University, Beaumont, TX (9/5/2018).

Robyn Moore, CEO, National Stroke Association, Centennial, CO (7/11/2018).

Hi Tom, Thank you so much for coming in today and speaking to our staff.  You were very informative, inspiring, and super impactful and they all said they learned so much from your presentation.”  Robyn Moore, CEO, National Stroke Association, Centennial, CO (7/11/2018).

Emily H. Frank MS, OTD, OTR, Clinical Instructor, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin, TX. (7/20/2018).

Dr. Broussard, Thank you again for your insightful presentation. I truly enjoyed the opportunity to follow up with a few minutes of discussion about the role of occupational therapy. I hope to incorporate your story as I work with my occupational therapy students in the future. Please reach out with any future collaborations!” Emily H. Frank MS, OTD, OTR, Clinical Instructor, University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, Austin, TX. (7/20/2018).

Beryt K. Nisenson, Vice President, Supervising Producer, Authentica Media. (5/7/2018).

“I got the book and your lovely note – thank you so so much. The book is a SERIOUS book, with so much great information in there- it’s clear you poured your heart and soul into it. …I realize the work it takes to put it on paper, and that’s without the challenge of aphasia recovery. Hats off to you, Tom. You’re amazing!” Beryt K. Nisenson, Vice President, Supervising Producer, Authentica Media. (5/7/2018).  

Elizabeth (Liz) Brookshire Madden, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, School of Communication Science & Disorders, Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Successful Longevity, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (3/12/2020).

“Hi Tom, Thank you so much again for talking with my class today. I know they learned a lot and will remember you and your amazing recovery and strength during their careers as SLPs.” Elizabeth (Liz) Brookshire Madden, PhD, CCC-SLP, Assistant Professor, School of Communication Science & Disorders, Faculty Affiliate, Institute for Successful Longevity, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL (3/12/2020).

Kaitlyn Lankford, SLP Student, Communication Sciences and Disorders in Adults Class, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (6/3/2020).

Dr. Sandberg, thank you so much for allowing Mr. Broussard to speak to our class today. I really enjoyed his presentation and listening to his unique perspective as a stroke survivor. I am emailing to ask that you forward my email onto him to be added to his "updates list". I would love to continue to learn from him and get updates about the incredible work he is doing by raising awareness of aphasia. Thanks so much again for the opportunity to listen to Mr. Broussard speak today, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have a great rest of your day!” Kaitlyn Lankford, SLP Student, Communication Sciences and Disorders in Adults Class, College of Health and Human Development, The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (6/3/2020).

JoEllen Gilbert, Speech Language Pathologist, Brooks Rehab Aphasia Center (BRAC) Zoom Communication Partners Support Group, Jacksonville, FL (6/11/2020).

“Hi Tom, You beat me to the “Thank You”! It was a small but powerful group…thank you so much for your time and your wonderful expertise. Kayla and I were talking about how nice it was that we ended up with 2 couples and had the chance to discuss specific issues and strategies with both sides.  Thank you for sharing and I will share the game articles. So good seeing you today. Hope we have the chance to get together at BRAC in the not too distant future! Appreciate your time more than you can know! Take care!” JoEllen Gilbert, Speech Language Pathologist, Brooks Rehab Aphasia Center (BRAC) Zoom Communication Partners Support Group, Jacksonville, FL (6/11/2020).

Kayla Fouraker, Speech Language Pathologist, Brooks Rehab Aphasia Center (BRAC) Zoom Communication Partners Support Group, Jacksonville, FL (6/11/2020).

“Thank you, Tom, for giving your time to help our members with aphasia! It was a powerful group. I especially love how you detail that progress will continue to happen as long as we continually challenge ourselves. It was a message we ALL needed to hear. I wish you the best and look forward to seeing you again in person – hopefully sometime soon!” Kayla Fouraker, Speech Language Pathologist, Brooks Rehab Aphasia Center (BRAC) Zoom Communication Partners Support Group, Jacksonville, FL (6/11/2020).

Terry, Aphasia Advocate, St Petersburg, FL (6/16/2020).

“Excellent video, Tom! I actually watched the entire 17 minutes without needing a drink! Great content and great message delivery! Proud of you.” Terry, Aphasia Advocate, St Petersburg, FL (6/16/2020).

Tawni Ballinger, MA, CCC/SLP, Aphasia Boot Camp Supervisor, University of Memphis Speech & Hearing Center; Staff Therapist, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN (6/22/2020).

This is great Tom! You have greatly influenced me as well as my Speech Therapy Grad students. On the first day of online Bootcamp we introduced them to an Enriched Speech Therapy Log and incorporated their goals into it. It’s a small group this year- but I believe they will benefit after camp is over thanks to your input. I like how it empowers our clients to be the CEOs of their life. Best to You, Tawni” Tawni Ballinger, MA, CCC/SLP, Aphasia Boot Camp Supervisor, University of Memphis Speech & Hearing Center; Staff Therapist, Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis, TN (6/22/2020).

Jacqueline Jones M.S., CCC-SLP, St. Augustine Aphasia Conversation Group, Brooks Rehab, St. Augustine, FL (6/23/2020).

“Thank you so much for sharing this highly relevant article (the habit article). It’s beautifully written and describes very clearly what I counsel PWA and their communication partners on in therapy.”  Jacqueline Jones M.S., CCC-SLP, St. Augustine Aphasia Conversation Group, Brooks Rehab, St. Augustine, FL (6/23/2020).

Suzanne V. Sylvester, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Director, Speech Pathology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Scarborough NeuroDevelopment Center, Scarborough, ME (6/26/2020).

Your article was remarkably insightful and beautifully written. The concept of the SLP's role as a facilitator was is certainly on point and I will incorporate this model into my work with PWA. I see you have given permission for sharing, and I will gratefully do so. Many thanks! Best, Suzanne.” Suzanne V. Sylvester, M.S., CCC-SLP, Clinical Director, Speech Pathology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Scarborough NeuroDevelopment Center, Scarborough, ME (6/26/2020).  

Jacqueline Jones M.S., CCC-SLP, St. Augustine Aphasia Conversation Group, Brooks Rehab, St. Augustine, FL (7/6/2020).

Hi Tom, I hope this email finds you well. I wanted to let you know we watched your YouTube video in Aphasia Group today. The group wanted to give their reaction and feedback about the video. Craig says “We all went crazy!” Kurt says “Crazy!” David says “I want more every week!” I too found the comments about therapists’ approaches to speech therapy to be very insightful and affirming. Talking about the end of therapy and life beyond therapy is a very tough but crucial conversation. I’ve learned that speech therapists should offer hope but be truthful about stroke recovery and living successfully with aphasia. Thank you so much for all you do! Can’t wait for the next video!” Jacqueline Jones M.S., CCC-SLP, St. Augustine Aphasia Conversation Group, Brooks Rehab, St. Augustine, FL (7/6/2020).

Robin Pollens, M.S. CCC-SLP, Clinical Supervisor, Aphasia Communication Enhancement  (ACE) Program at WMU Unified Clinics, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (7/6/2020).  

I watched most of it (Spreading Aphasia Awareness, One Social Distancing Person at a Time, in the COVID Age) - you are so effective. Your walks were such a DIRECT way to engage directly with people! And you're right- I am finding the 'walkers' in my neighborhood have become very friendly. Reminds me of a book I read long ago - Peace Pilgrim --she walked thousands of miles to just talk to people (about peace).” Robin Pollens, M.S. CCC-SLP, Clinical Supervisor, Aphasia Communication Enhancement  (ACE) Program at WMU Unified Clinics, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI (7/6/2020).  

Winn P., first visitor after my stroke and longtime friend, Maine (7/17/2020).

“Dear Tom, I like and understand the metaphor of the spinner. I was surprised that (William) James had as much understanding of human capacity, habits, etc. I did find the quote to the right of the spinner photo a bit obtuse. But the rest of his quotes were very revealing. You make a good case for all of us (with or without a stroke) doing our homework to keep the spinner moving briskly. Your video was masterful. It shows that someone who has experienced a stroke can make a remarkable recovery verbally. The article demonstrated the recovery in written skills, but someone else could have written it. The video is undeniably you. Since the video reinforces the article in content it actually validates that you authored the article. The combination must be very encouraging to folks who are in the midst of the struggle with Aphasia. Never prouder to be Tom Broussard's friend. Warm regards.” Winn P., first visitor after my stroke and longtime friend, Maine (7/17/2020).

Elizabeth G. Martin MS CCC-SLP, Assistant Clinical Professor, External Clinical Placement Coordinator, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, 104FR​, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (7/23/2020).

“Thank you so much for all of this, Tom!! I forwarded everything to the students. We can't tell you how grateful we are that you spent all of this time with us today. What a valuable learning experience for these students! Take care and stay healthy! Best, Elizabeth G. Martin MS CCC-SLP, Assistant Clinical Professor, External Clinical Placement Coordinator, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, NORTHEASTERN UNIVERSITY, 104FR​, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (7/23/2020).

Allison Tozzi, Grace LeBlanc, Shivani Patel, and Arielle Gur, Graduate Speech Language Pathologist students, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (7/30/2020).

Dear Tom, Thank you for joining us last week on Zoom and giving us graduate students the opportunity to hear about your experiences with aphasia as an advocate and as a person. We appreciated the chance to learn about aphasia through our time with you and are excited to delve into the resources you’ve sent along via email. It was a pleasure meeting you and working with you on the various assessments we completed together. Thank you again for this wonderful opportunity and we hope our paths cross again in the future!” Allison Tozzi, Grace LeBlanc, Shivani Patel, and Arielle Gur, Graduate Speech Language Pathologist students, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 (7/30/2020).

Amy Franklin, Senior Speech Therapist, Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, FL  32086 (8/10/2020).

Hi Tom! Thank you for donating 5 copies of your new book (The ABCs of Aphasia)!  What a great idea and so nicely executed.  Aphasia is so lucky to have you as an advocate!  We will certainly distribute (the books) to the appropriate patients so that they may begin their journey with aphasia with some clever guidance. Thank you for keeping me up to date on your endeavors and successes in the world of aphasia awareness.  I admire your creativity, advocacy, and generosity so very much.” Amy Franklin, Senior Speech Therapist, Flagler Hospital, St. Augustine, FL  32086 (8/10/2020).

Jerry Kaplan, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Boston University Aphasia Resources Center (BUARC), BU College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College (9/2/2020).

I just received your book (The ABCs of Aphasia: A Stroke Primer) and it is great!  The cover, layout, colors, graphics, and text are terrific.  I love the colored chalk and retro chalkboard on the cover and throughout the book. Congratulations on your latest achievement!  You are a stroke hero! I agree that books like yours should be in the hands of every newly diagnosed person with aphasia and/or family member.” Jerry Kaplan, M.A., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Boston University Aphasia Resources Center (BUARC), BU College of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College (9/2/2020).

Wendy Damon, BUARC Alum, Stoneham, MA (9/29/2020).

Tom Broussard is the author of these wonderful books about Aphasia. These books weren’t out when I had my stroke and first dealing with Aphasia. They would be so helpful to someone that is newly diagnosed with Aphasia or someone like me who has been living with it for some years. Thank you, Tom, for all you do to get the word out!” Wendy Damon, BUARC Alum, Stoneham, MA (9/29/2020).  

Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA 02129 (1/27/2021).

“Hi Tom, Thanks for your kind, metaphorical, and poetic words of support for speech-language therapists! I am sure all aphasia therapists will appreciate your posting.” Marjorie Nicholas, PhD, CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow Professor and Chair, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA 02129 (1/27/2021).