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August 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

The National Aphasia Association and Open Lines Speech and Communication PC presents a new online group: The Impact of Stress and Emotion on Speech and Swallow. This group offers specialized support for people with aphasia who experience increased difficulty with thinking, processing, speaking, and/or swallowing when under stress or when feeling anxious, frustrated, depressed, apathetic, or other mental/emotional states.


The Impact of Stress and Emotion on Speech and Swallow meets the first Thursday of the month at 1pm ET (10:00 AM PST).


To register, please fill out this form HERE.

For any questions about registration, email groups@aphasia.org



Meet Your Host:

Dr. Jessica Galgano is a speech-language pathologist and the Founder and Executive Director of Open Lines Speech and Communication. Her personal experience growing up with a parent who suffered a combat-wounded Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and severe Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) while serving in Vietnam drove her to master the art and science of neurological rehabilitation. She founded her visionary clinic, Open Lines Speech and Communication, on the principle that it is never too late to improve one’s speech-language and cognitive abilities.


Dr. Galgano collaborates and consults with many prestigious and world-renown academic institutions. She advocates for political change including legislative policies that uphold individual rights, supportive community services, and access to skillful professionals across a person’s lifespan. She has developed and utilizes a unique approach that applies an array of evidence-based practices from a variety of disciplines to the field of speech-language pathology.


Dr. Galgano’s professional experience reflects the highest standards of academic and clinical practice. She received her doctoral degree in Biobehavioral Sciences from Columbia University, where she conducted research in the neural underpinnings of voice and speech using brain imaging modalities. Dr. Galgano is an LSVT LOUD® clinical expert and faculty instructor with LSVT Global, Inc., for whom she regularly teaches and lectures about evidence-based intensive therapy programs for people with neurologically based communication disorders at major medical institutions in the US and worldwide. She is one of ten LSVT LOUD® faculty instructors in the world and the only LSVT LOUD® faculty instructor in clinical practice who is based in New York City.


Dr. Galgano is proud to be an Executive Board Member of the the Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences, an association that supports practitioners who serve individuals with neurologic communication disorders by providing education, training, and certification opportunities to promote high quality professional service. She also acts as Vice President and Treasurer of the Parkinson’s Unity Walk, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and funds for research to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.


Dr. Galgano has held research scientist positions at NYU Langone School of Medicine and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and currently holds a faculty instructor position at NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She is an adjunct professor with NYU, Columbia University, Teachers College, and San Francisco State University where she teaches graduate coursework in the areas of neurogenic communication disorders that result from acquired (e.g., stroke) and progressive neurological disease (e.g., Parkinson’s disease, cognitive changes).


Dr. Galgano has melded her research, clinical, and personal experience into a unique approach to treatment blends scientific rigor with deep listening and empathic inquiry; helping Open Lines’ clients cope with the day-to-day realities of communication challenges. Dr. Galgano is confident her integrated approach will help you meet your goals with confidence and dignity!


Open Lines Speech and communication is located at 252 West 76th Street, Suite 1A, New York, MY 10023.

To find out more about Open Lines Speech and Communication, visit www.OpenLinesNY.com or call 212-430-6800.