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In May 4, 1995, I had a sever Stroke.
I now have "FLUENT" APHASIA.
I could not speak, read, and write.
Now I can speak, usually.
Some times I lose words,  colors, and ideas.
I go for therapy now the the at The School
    of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at The University of Akron.
Before that I was in therapy at Akron General Medical Center.
Janet Just - Speech Therapist
Janet Just - Speech Therapist
For the 2 years I did not even try to WRITE!
(Can you imagine that you cannot write a name to give a message!)
Here a some links for APHASIA.

Pat Arato Aphasia Centre

The Story

In 1983 I began using insulin  for my Type-2 - diaberes. In May of 1995 I had a severe stroke. Because of the stroke  and the resulting aphasia I have trouble reading and WRITING. I am almost able to communicate in writing! I have always enjoyed and used photography. I hope my "pages" are both enjoyable and information. More Stuff  Is more of the story, and I hope interesting!
I am totally disabled! Aphasia, stroke, and diabetes can make you depressed.  I hope I get use to the idea soon!
Margaret, my wife, responed about a man who's wife just had a stoke: "When Lou had his stroke I had no idea what to do or what to expect. One of the biggest things was getting therapy as early a possible. The earlier your wife begins to relearn what she has lost the better she will be. Lou could not speak of anything coherently for the first couple days. He thought he was telling us what he wanted or needed but he did not make any sense. It was slow but he did make progress. He made a lot of  progress at the beginning, and slower progress as the weeks and months progressed. The hardest thing for me was to be patient and try to figure out what he was trying to talk about.

Often he could tell me all kinds of non essential things about the person he wanted to tell about but not the name of the person. Different stroke victims react differently to stress and pain. You have to remember how frustrating it has to be to try to communicate and not be able to get your thoughts across to the other person.

Take care of yourself and get rest and eat right. You are the anchor your wife has to cling to. Be sure you have a lot of help when your wife comes home. They need a lot of care and it is like taking care of a stranger at first. It seems that the hospital sends these people home with a minimum of instruction as to their care or what you can expect. Talk to the social worker and any nurse who will help you.

Your site must certainly have helped many people, and shown them that life is not necessarily over when confronted with a serious illness.... Pat

What is Aphasia? Aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language. For  most people, these are parts of the left side (hemisphere) of the brain. Aphasia usually occurs suddenly, frequently the result of a stroke or head injury, but it may also develop slowly as in the case of a brain tumor. The disorder impairs both the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing. Aphasia may co-occur with speech disorders such as dysarthria or apraxia of speech which also result from brain damage.

The National Aphasia Association is a nonprofit organization that promotes public education, research, rehabilitation and support services to assist people with aphasia and their families. The Aphasia fact sheet.
 

Aphasia -  It occurs without warning. A stroke, tumor or brain injury can suddenly thrust a person into the unknown world of aphasia, damaging the ability to communicate. What aphasia is in plain-english.

The Aphasia Hope Foundation - Many people hypothesize that eventually we will move to a consumer-driven health care market. The Foundation is a ground-breaking step towards improving needs assessments, data collection and education of victims, their families, service providers and the insurance community with the hope that  providers and consumers can work as partners to develop the most optimal programs.

 Freud's On Aphasia   (Academic, heavy ) - Dr. Margolis began the discussion of electronic texts by observing that there are many potential research and educational uses of electronic texts, which are just beginning to be explored.

Aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage to  portions of the brain that are responsible for language. For  most people, these are parts of the left side (hemisphere) of the brain. Aphasia usually occurs suddenly, frequently the result of a stroke or head injury, but it may also develop slowly as in the case of a brain tumor. The disorder impairs both the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing. Aphasia may co-occur with speech disorders such as dysarthria or apraxia of speech which also result from brain damage.
 

APHASIA  - Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage to the temporal lobe or higher up in the frontal lobe. It causes problems with receptive and expressive functions. Aphasia is an impairment in understanding and/or formulating complex, meaningful elements of language. It causes problems with words and word order making difficulties in reading and writing.

What is the ARC? The principal objective of the Aphasia Research Center is to advance the theoretical understanding, clinical evaluation, and management of language disorders produced by injury or dysfunction of the brain in adults. We focus primarily on individuals who become aphasic as a result of stroke or other neurologic impairment. Our overriding research goal is to develop a coherent view of how brain damage leads to the symptomatology of aphasia and related cognitive disorders, and to use that knowledge to enhance our understanding of mechanisms of normal language and their neural bases.

Aphasia is an acquired disorder caused by brain damage which affects a person's ability to communicate. The principal signs of aphasia are impairments in the ability to express oneself when speaking, trouble understanding
speech, and difficulty with reading and writing. Aphasia is most often the result of stroke or head injury, but can also occur in other neurological disorders, such as brain tumor or Alzheimer's disease. The effects of aphasia differ from person to person, and can sometimes benefit from speech therapy. Strategies to communicate non-verbally (without words) may also be helpful to the person with aphasia.

Aphasia: A Language Disorder...

Aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage to portions of the brain that are responsible for language. For most people, these are parts of the left side (hemisphere) of the brain. 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. The disorder impairs both the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing. Aphasia may  co-occur with speech disorders such as dysarthria or apraxia of speech, which also result from brain damage.

TALKING ABOUT APHASIA Living with loss of language after stroke

Family Adjustment to Aphasia
 
 

Dr. DePopmpei - me, Lou Albert - and a Graduate Clinician - 2/2000

The School of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology  - The School of Speech-language Pathology and audiology is an academic program in the College of Fine and Applied Arts of The University of Akron. The purpose of the School is to prepare, through professional education, audiologists and speech-language pathologists who are dedicated to helping individuals achieve full communication potential. This purpose is advanced through excellence in teaching, clinical service delivery, community service, and scholarship.

Pittsburgh Aphasia Center - Stroke and other neurologic diseases and injuries frequently result in communication deficits. In fact, as many as one million people in the United States have acquired aphasia -- a problem understanding or producing spoken or written words. Aphasia usually results from brain damage.

Language Care Centers - Language Care Centers are a national network of Programs that have produced unprecedented results for adults with chronic acquired neurogenic language disorders, such as aphasia.

Quicken.com - It is very difficult for me to write checks! Before my stroke I used Quicken software and already had everything in place although my son updated the software for me. Between the software and the computer I am able to write checks. At first it took an hour or so to write a check. Now, I usually could do it in 15 or 20 minutes. Just recently, I have figured out how to reconcile the accounts. I do admit that most of my money comes into the Internet and goes out with nothing to show for it..

cover Coping With Aphasia (Coping With Aging... Explains the nature of aphasia in plain language, for adults with aphasia, families and caregivers, and therapists. Provides factual information on causes and consequences of  aphasia  and hopeful advice on coping with this frustrating condition, explaining what to expect as the condition progresses and how to cope along the way. Emphasis is on rehabilitation and quality of life. Includes a glossary, and lists agencies and businesses providing assistance.  cover Aphasia and Language : Theory to Practice Aphasia, a devastating disorder resulting from stroke, degenerative disease, or traumatic  brain injury, profoundly affects the individual's ability to use and understand language. This groundbreaking work brings together an array of leading ientist-practitioners to review what is known about aphasia and to relate current knowledge to treatment. Integrating traditional linguistic formulations with new insights derived from cognitive neuroscience, the volume explores the neuropsychological bases of both normal and pathologic language.
cover Aphasiology: Disorders and Clinical... offers perhaps the only balanced and comprehensive presentation of theoretical study and clinical practice of aphasiology. Modern psycholinguistics and cognitive neuropsychology are employed for developing understanding of diagnosis. Right hemisphere dysfunctions and closed head injuries are  reviewed as well as aphasia caused by stroke. Current trends in managed care, functional  therapy, and theory-driven treatments are reflected in the presentation of rehabilitation. Reading Workbook for Aphasia This exceptional volume offers an extensive collection of reproducible worksheets designed for adults with reading problems associated with aphasia. The entertaining and inviting material includes matching, sentence completion, understanding written material, and basic household reading tasks. 

 This rich assortment of exercises contains a wide variety of activities that gradually progress in difficulty. It is appropiate for use by speech-language pathologists, home health care workers, and family members. 
 


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