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Aphasia

Overview

Aphasia is an acquired neurogenic language disorder resulting from an injury to the brain. Aphasia can impair spoken language, language comprehension, writing expression and reading comprehension. Cognitive and sensory impairments may co-occur. The goal of intervention is to restore communication, promote life participation, and compensate for language impairments. Therapies emphasize learning strategies, developing augmentative and alternative communication skills, and applying these skills to daily life. Family members and supportive others are encouraged to participate.

Assessment

Individuals who have experienced brain injury or stroke that has impacted their language abilities can be evaluated by a team of graduate student clinicians under direct supervision of a certified instructor. One or two diagnostic sessions may be scheduled, followed by an information-sharing session and completion of a written evaluation report.

Treatment

Individual therapy is provided on a weekly basis and tailored to client needs. Treatment may address speech production, auditory comprehension, word retrieval, memory, reading, and writing, while incorporating multiple modalities to support communication.

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Aphasia Group