What is Aphasia?
Aphasia is a communication disorder that prevents a person from being able to understand written and spoken language. It is also hard for a patient with Aphasia to express themselves with words, both written and spoken. This disorder is most commonly a result of stroke, head or brain injury as well as any growing tumors or diseases on the brain.
The left half of the brain contains information and knowledge of languages and speech, so when there is trauma of any kind in that location it is common that the patient will develop Aphasia. Further damage to both sides of the brain can lead to problems beyond speech and language such as trouble listening as well. The patient, however, does not lose their intelligence and could retain the knowledge and mental capacity present prior to the disorder.
Most of the time, a patient suffering from Aphasia can self-diagnose themselves. Some symptoms include difficulty reading or writing, trouble pronouncing words, using made up words, substitution of words, misinterpretation and other communication-related mixups. At least one million people in the U.S have been diagnosed with this communication disorder.
This disorder can be anywhere from mild to severe. A patient with mild Aphasia could communicate with other, but have difficulty finding the right words or participating in complicated conversation. Meanwhile, a patient with severe Aphasia would find themselves scarcely communicating or not communicating at all due to the difficulty of understanding speech and language.
How I treat Aphasia
Therapy integrates principles of neuroplasticity and evidence based practice all while considering the person’s wishes, health, and unique situation. Therapy may include aspects of melodic intonation therapy, script training, constraint induced language therapy, and total communication.
The speech therapy in Denver I offer also helps to create communication books, program communication devices, and/or train the client and their family on using an augmentative communication device more effectively. I utilize your strengths in order to facilitate your communication.