A musician and music teacher - amongst other things - by trade, Stephen turned to music therapy and writing as part of his recovery. Doing so has made a big impact on his capacity to communicate and create, and he is now also the Wellington Community Aphasia Advisor for Aphasia NZ.
Disorders like aphasia pose a challenge for adherents of speech-based faiths.
Researchers tested the use of transcranial direct current stimulation in stroke patients with aphasia. Their results pave the way for the creation of a large clinical trial to test the new treatment in a number of patients who have lost some or all of their use of language after stroke.
Eunice Bustillo faced a long recovery following a stroke at age 40. After a week in the hospital and a month at a rehabilitation center, she continued to have trouble with vision and motor functions.
Even more difficult for Ms. Bustillo, the owner of a consulting business and the mother of a son who was 3 at the time, was overcoming aphasia, a language disorder that is a common aftereffect of stroke.
When he was 30 years old, Louis Victor Leborgne lost the ability to speak—or speak in any matter that made any sort of sense. Upon being admitted to Bicêtre, a suburban Paris hospital that specialized in mental illness, he could utter only a single syllable: Tan. That syllable came with expressive hand gestures and varying pitch and inflection, to be sure.
I’ve now been given my health back. Through persistence, luck, and maybe something more, an incredible medical procedure returned my mind and memories to me almost all at once. I became the man who remembered events I had never experienced, due to my amnesia. The man who forgot which member of his family had died while he was sick, only to have that memory, like hundreds of others, come flooding back. The memories came back out of order, with flashbacks mystically presenting themselves in ways that left me both excited and frightened. With my health back, I was able to live a life again, but it’s not the same life as it was before. The tumor changed me forever. And I am grateful for it.
The study adds to a growing body of research highlighting other cognitive functions affected by aphasia, and indicates that the consequences of brain damage in aphasia patients may be more extensive than originally thought.
McHale, 51, had a stroke nearly two years ago. The blood clot in his brain affected an area responsible for language production and processing, inhibiting his ability to communicate clearly.
“It’s a tough thing,” he said. “I started out with one word per day.”
Aphasia patients, often elderly and carrying the burdens of life, have seen their lives changed dramatically–in many ways, for the worse. So how did one rehabilitation group, deep in Brooklyn, become the happiest place in New York City?
A disease called primary progressive aphasia gradually robs people of their language skills while leaving their minds intact.
A blood clot in one of the arteries that feeds my brain had blocked for a few minutes the passage of oxygen. As a consequence, some of my brain’s neural passages were cut off and died, presumably ones dedicated to transmitting electric impulses that turn words conceived into words spoken.
Language is much more than words. It involves our ability to recognize and use words and sentences. Much of this capability resides in the left hemisphere of the brain. When a person has a stroke or other injury that affects the left side of the brain, it typically disrupts their ability to use language.
Rachael Jablo began having chronic migraines in June of 2008, and for four years she dealt with nonstop pain. She knew she had to drastically change her life and started taking daily medication that helped with the pain, but a side effect caused her to have aphasia, a highly frustrating experience for someone who described herself as an articulate person before the headaches began.
Before her interview, Joanne Douglas spends the day in silence. Hers is not a spiritual practice, but a cerebral one: Joanne needs to conserve her word supply, which she says runs out over the course of the day, leaving her virtually speechless by its end.
By translating emoji to text, the app could help break communication barriers.
The Academy of Aphasia is an organization made up of researchers who study the language problems of people who have neurological diseases. Some of these researchers also provide clinical services to help people improve their language skills following strokes or other illnesses. Although this web site is primarily for the service of members, we have provided a few links containing general information for people with aphasia.
Confused about what aphasia is and how it may feel to have it? In collaboration with the top aphasia experts we have developed an online aphasia simulation. Highly recommended for caregivers, family/friends, medical and nursing staff, SLP students...
Aphasia Hope Foundation is a public 501(c) 3 non-profit foundation that has a two-fold mission: (1) to promote research into the prevention and cure of aphasia and (2) to ensure all survivors of aphasia and their caregivers are aware of and have access to the best possible treatments available. The Foundation was started with the goal of gathering news, research, therapies, and experiences regarding Aphasia, and sharing this information with the families that desperately needed it.
Aphasia-friendly website by and for people living with aphasia.
Aphasia United represents the collective voices of organisations of people living with aphasia, aphasia service providers, and aphasia researchers. We seek to drive change through global strategic action.
Lingraphica is The Aphasia Company™. Based in Princeton, New Jersey, we are a leading provider of speech-generating devices and therapy apps for people whose ability to speak or understand words has been impaired by a stroke or brain injury.
The National Aphasia Association (NAA)
is a nonprofit organization that promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia and their families.
There are some non-invasive brain stimulation techniques that are considered non-traditional treatment options. Examples are transcranial magnetic stimulation and transcranial direct current stimulation. Some research has shown positive results, but these techniques are still relatively new and not widely used.
This website provides assistance to stroke and aphasia survivors and caregivers.
Get the latest news, updates, and tricks from the Lingraphica team. Our clinical, reimbursement, and marketing teams will bring you the most up-to-date information about aphasia, speech therapy, stroke rehabilitation, and communication disorders.
Aphasia research is exploring new ways to evaluate and treat aphasia as well as to further understand the function of the brain. Brain imaging techniques are helping to define brain function, determine the severity of brain damage, and predict the severity of the aphasia.
TAP, or the Triangle Aphasia Project, Unlimited, began as an independent nonprofit organization in 2003 with the mission “to serve individuals with aphasia, their families and the community through innovative life participation approaches that maximizes communicative potential and reduces barriers to social re engagement.
The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 127,000 members and affiliates who are audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists.
Once the underlying cause has been treated, the primary treatment for aphasia is speech therapy that focuses on relearning and practicing language skills and using alternative or supplementary communication methods. Family members often participate in the therapy process and function as communication partners of the person with aphasia.
Aphasia usually occurs suddenly, often as the result of a stroke or head injury, but it may also develop slowly, as in the case of a brain tumor, an infection, or dementia.
There are four main types:
Expressive aphasia - you know what you want to say, but you have trouble saying or writing what you mean
Receptive aphasia - you hear the voice or see the print, but you can't make sense of the words
Anomic aphasia - you have trouble using the correct word for objects, places or events
Global aphasia - you can't speak, understand speech, read or write
Aphasia is a neurological disorder caused by damage to the portions of the brain that are responsible for language. Primary signs of the disorder include difficulty in expressing oneself when speaking, trouble understanding speech, and difficulty with reading and writing. Aphasia is not a disease, but a symptom of brain damage.
There are two broad categories of aphasia: fluent and nonfluent, and there are several types within these groups.
Speech and language therapy (SLT) is the main type of treatment for people with aphasia. SLT aims to help restore some of your ability to communicate and also help you develop alternative ways of communicating if necessary.