In Support of Dr. Jack Koransky

Dr. Jack Koransky has been courageously battling the effects of a traumatic brain injury since 2016. His journey, marked by substantial progress, faced a significant setback in Spring 2022 due to complications from a shunt replacement. Presently, Jack requires full-time assistance and faces considerable communication challenges due to aphasia and apraxia.

Current Needs: While Jack is committed to his speech therapy sessions twice a week, there is a crucial need for additional social interaction and communication practice. Given the high risk of isolation and depression in individuals with aphasia, it's vital to provide Dr. Koransky with more opportunities for conversation and social engagement.

How You Can Help: Interacting with someone who has aphasia can be challenging, but your support and understanding can make a significant difference. Here are some effective ways to aid in communication and understanding during your visits:

1.     Use Gestures and Facial Expressions: Non-verbal cues such as nodding, pointing, or using hand gestures can be very effective. Facial expressions can also convey emotions and responses when words are hard to find.

2.     Maintain Eye Contact: Consistent eye contact helps in making a connection and ensures that you are engaged and attentive.

3.     Encourage Use of Drawing or Writing: If speaking is challenging, encourage Jack to express himself through drawing or writing, which can be alternative forms of communication. You can also use his whiteboard to write down keywords YOU say to help Jack better understand.

4.     Simplify Your Language, But Don't Talk Down: Use simple, clear sentences without being condescending. It's important to remember that aphasia affects communication, not intelligence.

5.     Be Patient and Give Them Time to Respond: Understand that it may take more time for Jack to process information and respond. Avoid rushing or finishing sentences for him.

6.     Involve in Familiar Activities: Engaging in familiar tasks or hobbies can provide a sense of normalcy and ease in communication. We know Jack loves listening to music, and he has a plethora of CDs to choose from! Also, consider bringing in old pictures to share and use as a visual aid for conversations.

7.     Use Yes/No Questions: These types of questions are easier to respond to and can be answered with a nod or a shake of the head.

8.    ** Validate Efforts: Acknowledge and praise all efforts to communicate, regardless of whether the attempt is successful. This encouragement is crucial for morale and motivation.

9.     Limit Distractions: Try to have conversations in a quiet, distraction-free environment to make it easier for Jack to focus and engage.

10.  Engage in Group Conversations Carefully: In group settings, ensure that conversations are not too fast-paced and that Jack is given a chance to participate.

Your efforts in creating a supportive and understanding environment for Dr. Koransky are invaluable. Every visit, every conversation, and every shared moment contributes significantly to his recovery and well-being.

Those who would like to help the family can:

  1. Schedule a time to visit Jack at The Terraces at Peachtree Hills Place (229 Peachtree Hills Ave NE)
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