For additional information, Contact:

Darla K. Hagge Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Graduate Coordinator
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders


  • Group-based programs for adults with acquired neurogenic communication disorders,
  • Interprofessional, experiential student learning,
  • Scholarly contributions to the literature 

NeuroService Alliance or The Alliance is designed especially for adults who are living with acquired communication disorders such as aphasia, apraxia of speech, and dysarthria often as a result of a stroke, traumatic brain injury or other neurological involvement.  Prospective members can choose from a variety of group-based life participation programs.  Under the guidance of founder and director, Dr. Darla K. Hagge CCC-SLP, undergraduate and graduate speech-language pathology students serve as trained communication partners for group members.  The Alliance provides SacState students with an interprofessional experiential learning experience by offering students from other health care disciplines to participate as trained guest conversation partners.  The Alliance is uniquely positioned as a venue for ongoing leadership opportunities, data collection, research projects, and scholarly contributions to the literature.


NeuroService Alliance life participation group programs are as follows

  • AACtive Talkers (AAC)
  • Aphasia Book Club (ABC)
  • Communicating Through Art (CTA)
  • Communication Recovery Groups-Sacramento (CRG-SAC)
  • Creating Access Through Technology (CATT)
  • Vocally Devoted (VoD)

The Alliance also offers weekly peer-led group meetings for families and significant others of persons living with acquired communication disorders.  Family meetings offer education, training, and a supportive environment for connecting with others who are also living with aphasia, apraxia of speech, and/or dysarthria. 

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Neuro Service Alliance Program Descriptions:

AACtive Talkers

Communication practice for individuals who use dedicated speech generating devices in partnership with Communication Technology Education Center (CTEC)

AACtive Talkers

Aphasia Book Club (ABC)

A literature-based aphasia book club utilizing a variety of tools and supports to create access to reading.  

Aphasia Book Club

Communicating Through Art (CTA)

A unique group art program that allows the art to serve as the vehicle for communication between the member and the trained student communication partners. 

Communicating Through Art Participants in action.

Communication Recovery Groups- Sacramento (CRG-SAC)

A literature-based group conversation program

Communication Recovery Groups- Sacramento

Creating Access Through Technology (CATT)

Individual practice and support using a member’s personally-owned smart phone, tablet, and other devices

Creating Access Through Technology

Peer-led Family Education Group

Group program for families and significant others of persons living with acquired communication disorders offering education, training, and social connections.

Communication Partner Training (CPT) Learning Modules (Hagge & Bernstein-Ellis, 2015): 

Peer-led Family Education Group

Vocally Devoted

A choir for adults living with acquired neurogenic communication disorders and their spouses, significant others, and friends.

Vocally Devoted

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CTEC HTSP National Aphasia Association
Aphasia Access


For Persons with Aphasia, Family and Friends

Maryjane Rees Speech, Language, and Hearing Center

The Speech, Language, and Hearing Center at California State University, Sacramento offers individuals with acquired communication disorders traditional, one-on-one therapy, and is customized to meet each client’s individual communication needs. Therapy is focused on providing impairment-focused intervention, functional goals, compensatory strategies and/or augmentative alternative communication (AAC) tools.

For more information, please call 916-278-6601 or visit

Additional Information

Support Groups


  • Sutter, 2800 L Street (downtown Sacramento); monthly meetings; Contact Arleen and Spencer (Stroke survivor and caregiver) at 916-455-4821 or Gary and Pat (Stroke survivor and caregiver) at 916-714-0350
  • UCDMC, Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center, 4860 Y Street, Sacramento; Fri 12:30-2:00; please contact Kyle Renke at 916-734-6718 or


  • Stroke Survivors Support Group; Tues 2-3 @ UCDMC Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center 4860 Y Street, Room 3015-A, Sacramento; for more information, contact Kevin Wheeler, L.C.S.W., at 916-734-3467

TBI/Post Concussion Syndrome

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