Individuals with acquired communication disorders are often left feeling
isolated and alone with little or no resources to improve their quality of life
even after therapy in a hospital or rehabilitation facility.


Until now.

Northeast Ohio Adults Communicating Together (NEO-ACT)

Facilitated by a certified Speech-Language Pathologist, NEO-ACT is designed to help improve quality of life through participation in enrichment programs for listening, speaking, reading, writing and socialization. NEO-ACT can be an effective program for adults with communication disorders related to:

Stroke  *  Brain Injury  *  Aneurysm  *  Parkinson's Disease  *  Dementia
Alzheimer's Disease  *  Other Neurological Conditions

The first 3 months following a stroke are vital for recovery. During this time, the brain will have increased neuroplasticity, or the ability to adjust and learn new information. This period is critical for seeing gains in skill recovery by participating in speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy sessions. It may take time but consistency is key. 

At CHSC, we take a whole life, personal approach to stroke recovery - prioritizing individual goals and lifestyles. We know that communication is an essential piece to the whole puzzle of stroke recovery. Together, we strategize methods to increase the quality of life and enhance each person’s ability to participate in activities that are important to them. 

 We offer individual therapy services to address a variety of difficulties experienced after a stroke. We focus on building a treatment plan together with the client, their family, and care partners to enhance their quality of life. A ‘whole life approach’ means we focus on providing therapy related to the things in life that are important to each person. If someone enjoys baking, we work on ways to create recipe cards that are easier to access. If someone has difficulty speaking and communicating in their current job - or when applying for a new one - we create a script for practice. Our primary goal is to enhance communication and participation in activities that are meaningful to each individual.

“The NEO-ACT program has made such a big difference in my mother’s life - not only does it aid in speech improvement, but the social aspect has been just as important.”


NEO-ACT Programs

NEO-ACT programs are provided at NO COST* and do NOT require insurance
*Donations accepted

Virtual Adult Care Partner Support Group – Monday 5:15 – 6:15 pm

This group is designed for families, partners, and other people who give care to clients of Cleveland Hearing & Speech Center. This moderated group will provide a safe place to discuss the stresses, challenges, and rewards of providing care for adults with communication disorders such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury, and other chronic health conditions. To learn the difference between a care partner versus a care giver, click here.

To download a Care Partner flyer, click here.

Virtual Book Club – Tuesday 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

This group is held weekly in Spring, Fall, and Summer. The group focuses on reading, comprehension, and social communication through conversation. The books are chosen by the group members and are read over a 9-week period. Weekly discussions focus on questions relevant to the content of the book, life experiences, and current events.

Virtual Adult Communication Social Hour – Wednesday 1:00 – 2:00 pm

In this group, we strive to provide a safe and supportive environment to practice communication skills. This unstructured group serves many purposes. This may include discussing small wins as someone living with a communication disorder, personal difficulties, keeping up on current events, and even occasionally playing some games. Adults struggling with communication at any skill level can join at any time. Our primary goal is to enhance quality of life and communication.

NEW! In-Person Adult Speech Therapy Group – Thursday 2:00 – 3:30 pm

We are so pleased to offer an in-person opportunity at our Westlake office where we can gather once again! This group meets at our Westlake office and is designed to provide individuals with communication difficulties an opportunity to improve quality of life through participation in activities that provide enrichment for listening, speaking, reading, writing, and socialization. This group will offer functional activities in a supportive setting.

To download an In-Person Adult Speech Therapy Group flyer, click here.

For questions about NEO-ACT (or how to connect on Zoom), please contact Ali Verhovitz, Speech-Language Pathologist and group facilitator, at

To download a NEO-ACT flyer, click here.

For information other speech-language and literacy services at CHSC, click here

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