Aphasia Communication Disorder Affects Many
October 10, 2017
It’s estimated that nearly one million people in the United States suffer from aphasia, which is a communication disorder that results from damage to the regions of the brain that control language. June is National Aphasia Awareness Month and a time to increase education and understanding of those affected by aphasia and their caregivers. Many people develop aphasia after a stroke or trauma to the left side of the brain. People with aphasia can have difficulties speaking, reading, writing, or understanding language.
“People with aphasia are often aware that they are having trouble communicating. They become frustrated and confused because they aren’t able to speak or understand things the way they did prior to the onset of aphasia,” said Tina Veale, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, Program Director, Speech-Language Pathology. “Speech-language therapy is essential so that individuals with aphasia can regain as much communicative function as possible,” Dr. Veale said.
The Speech-Language Institute at Midwestern University’s Multispecialty Clinic in Downers Grove offers assessment and treatment of impairments associated with aphasia and other communication disorders. At the Institute, clinical faculty with expertise in aphasia work with graduate student clinicians to assess and remediate communication disorders. For more information about the speech-language services offered at Midwestern’s University Speech-Language Institute, call 630.743.4500.
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