Since 2015 we have been collecting outcome data on our Brain Builders Classes for Adults.

Quantitative and qualitative results reveal that Brain Builders Classes are effective at decreasing social isolation, encouraging the formation/renewal of friendships and the trying of new things, and improving confidence in communication skills. Additionally, data reflects that the factor most susceptible to change following participation in our classes is a feeling of optimism, born out of camaraderie within the class, gains in self-confidence and self-acceptance, and motivation to improve.

Our data has been presented at various conventions, conferences, and symposiums as follows:

Comparing Self-Assessment to Objective Outcomes Following Participation in a Community Based Cognitive-Communication Classes

Nov 2023 ASHA Convention 2023

Poster presentation presenting a comparison of participants’ self-assessment of performance in community based cognitive-communication classes vs. objective ratings of performance by an independent observer.

by Lisa Yauch-Cadden, Kari Star,Lori Yauch, and Marguerite Mullaney
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Decreasing Social Isolation in Adults via a Cognitive Wellness Program

Mar 2019  Community Engagement Symposium at UMass Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Poster describing our collaboration with Coastline Elderly Services, Inc. of New Bedford, MA to utilize cognitive-communication community based programming to improve social well-being

by Lisa Yauch-Cadden, Kari Star, and Paula Shiner.

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Measuring and Reporting Outcomes in a Community Based Setting: Qualitative Results and Participatory Action

Mar 2019  Aphasia Access Leadership Summit 2019

Poster presenting follow up qualitative analysis and participatory action of our community based program

by Lisa Yauch-Cadden and Kari Star.

Measuring and Reporting Outcomes in a Community Based Setting: Quantitative and Qualitative Results

Nov 2018 ASHA Convention 2018

Poster presentation presenting follow up qualitative analysis of our community based program

by Lisa Yauch-Cadden and Kari Star.

Measuring and Reporting Outcomes in a Community Based Setting

Mar 2017 Aphasia Access Leadership Summit 2017

Poster presentation outlining quantitative outcomes of our community based programming

by Lisa Yauch-Cadden and Kari Star.

Contact us for more information regarding our research.