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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News Now, Posted on October 14, 2021 at 6:20 PM

VIRGINIA BEACH — Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury may soon have relief from their symptoms.

Dr. Paul Harch, a leader in hyperbaric medicine, claims hyperbaric oxygen therapy may permanently curtail TBI and PTSD symptoms.

James Ciconne was an E4 in the Army and was diagnosed with PTSD after spending a year in Iraq. He committed suicide a year ago. “He did say to me, ‘Mom, I’ve done terrible things. I’ve done terrible things,’ and you can see the pain in his face,” Tanya Ciconne said. His father, Bill Ciconne, remembers the last three texts he got from his son. “I love you, thank you for raising me, and goodbye,” he texted.

Bill Ciconne supports Dr. Harch’s research.

“I will never accept my son not being here,” Ciconne said.
Harch is in charge of the hyperbaric oxygen therapy program at LSU Medical School in New Orleans and says his therapy could help prevent 22 suicides that happen every day in the military. Harch says with his therapy, he’s seen brain traumas cured in veterans.

“To our great surprise, after 25 treatments he [one patient] came and said to me, ‘My PTSD is gone,’” Harch said.
Dr. Harch says he hopes his upcoming FDA trial using veterans with PTSD will prove to the military that the oxygen chamber they already use to help their divers heal can also be used to treat post traumatic stress disorder.

“It acts as a signal to our genes in our DNA and it turns on growth and repair hormones,” said Harch.

Dr. Harch isn’t waiting to get military members to him. Mercy Medical , a non-profit group, is stepping in to help.

Also on his side is the Ciconne family, who wishes their son would have known about the treatment.

On November 11, the Ciconnes are sponsoring a free movie night at Cinema Cafe to bring awareness to suicide prevention and PTSD treatment.

The Department of Defense, the Veteran’s Administration, and the National Institute of Mental Health recently pledged $100 million for further PTSD and TBI research and treatment, impacting over 550,000 brain injured veterans.

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The Area Agency on Aging

The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. (AAAPP) is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit agency serving seniors and their caregivers in Pasco and Pinellas counties in Florida since 1974. Designated by the Department of Elder Affairs as the Area Agency on Aging for Planning and Service (PSA) Area 5, the agency’s focus is on funding, advocacy, services and programs for seniors in the two-county area of west central Florida.

Their Mission Statement: Advocate, educate and serve seniors and their caregivers in partnership with the community.

This is a great website reflecting, among other subjects, resources for caregivers. Click on Resources.

Returning to Work After a Stroke, a posting by National Stroke Association’s “Faces of Stroke”.

Nearly one quarter of all strokes occur in people under the age of 65. Of those, nearly 50 percent will return to a full- or part-time job.

Depending on the severity of the stroke, a stroke survivor might need weeks or months away from work. Frequently, a survivor’s job provides his or her source of health insurance, so it is important to return to the job as soon as possible.

Common Barriers to Going Back to Work
For some, returning to work is not an option. For others, barriers to returning to work might include:

The severity of the stroke
Physical disability
Memory and cognitive problems
Lack of a rehabilitation focus on returning to work (vocational rehabilitation)
Employer attitudes, understanding of stroke and supportiveness
Physical work environment
Employer’s ability and willingness to provide assistive devices
The health of the economy
Stigma associated with stroke

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Coping and Support

Losing the ability to communicate is distressing and incredibly frustrating. Friends and family members can make communication easier by:

1. Paying close attention to the affected person
2. Giving feedback about the need for clarification
3. Providing more time for communication
4. Confirming information
5. Keeping statements relatively brief
6. Supplementing speech with gestures

What is Global Aphasia?

What is global aphasia?, an article posted by

Global aphasia is an acquired language disorder involving severe impairments in both comprehension and production.

What causes global aphasia?

It is caused by injuries to language-processing areas of the brain, notably Wernicke’s and Broca’s areas. Most often, the injuries are the result of a large middle-cerebral-artery stroke.
What are its symptoms?

The symptoms of global aphasia reflect processing difficulties in Wernicke’s and Broca’s areas. These areas would ordinarily assign words and meanings, string words together, and complete other word-based tasks. Thus, the symptoms of global aphasia are impairments in all aspects of word-based communication — reading, writing, speaking, and understanding speech.

The exact symptoms vary from individual to individual. For example, some globally aphasic persons do not understand speech at all, while others recognize familiar personal names and are able to follow whole-body commands. Similarly, some individuals are mute, while others can produce a few sounds (e.g., “ta, ta”) or stereotypic phrases (e.g., “we said”). While no aspect of language is functional, certain aspects may be more impaired than others.

Do other conditions accompany global aphasia?

Yes, particularly if the brain injuries extend beyond Wernicke’s and Broca’s areas. Accompanying conditions include hemiplegia (paralysis on one side of the body), facial apraxia (difficulty coordinating facial movements), and emotional lability (difficulty regulating emotions).

Depression is another condition that is associated with global aphasia. Feelings of sadness may result directly from the brain injuries; they may also be a response to the loss of abilities.

How is this disorder diagnosed and evaluated?

Aphasias are diagnosed and evaluated through testing, which may involve asking the person to name objects, answer questions, and follow commands. Often, the first test is administered by a physician who suspects aphasia. Further tests are usually administered by a speech/language pathologist, a professional who is trained to identify the type of aphasia and assess remaining language skills.

A specialized instrument known as the Boston Assessment of Severe Aphasia (BASA) may be used during the evaluation. BASA is designed to be administered to individuals who have severe language impairments and facial apraxia.

Are therapies available for global aphasia?

Yes. A speech/language pathologist may employ a variety of methods to help the person communicate.
[Ed. note: Computer-assisted speech therapy can be quite effective, convenient and economical. Product descriptions and free demos of Bungalow Software's aphasia therapy programs are available online. Programs were developed and tested by a speech therapist. ]

Therapy should begin as soon as possible, and it should be expected to be long term: Global aphasics tend to make gains later than other aphasics.

How can I communicate with someone who has this disorder?

Communicating with a globally aphasic person requires us to reduce our reliance on complex speech. Fortunately, communication does not require word-packed sentences. Consider the four general strategies below.

Tactile Strategy — Use touch to gain the person’s attention and to show your support.

Visual Strategy — Use simple gestures and facial expressions. Take advantage of visual cues that have been learned in therapy.

Simplified-Speech Strategy — First, minimize distractions. Then, speak slowly, using simple words, in a tone that is appropriate for the person’s maturity level. Allow more time for responses, and try to let the person speak for himself or herself.

Combination Strategy — Reinforce your speech with other communication methods. You can, for example, couple a visual “Hello” with the greeting, and point to objects as you talk about them. By reinforcing your speech, you may be helping the person to make associations that he or she will use in the future.

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Their Mission – We Connect Now is dedicated to uniting people interested in rights and issues affecting people with disabilities, with particular emphasis on college students and access to higher education and employment issues.

One of the goals of this site is to help college students with disabilities to succeed in their studies by getting the information and support they need, both through resources, links, blogs latest news, studying existing laws and regulation and through personal contacts. Through this website people can also share and read other people’s stories as a source of support and comfort. We Connect Now also wants people using the webpage to take action by writing blogs, hosting an event or becoming involved in politics by knowing about upcoming legislation. Also, every month their webpage will focus on a particular disability or condition to bring visitors more information and support related to their focus of the month. Through the jobs section, they also hope to help empower people with disabilities find employment through job posting and job searching tips. The goal of this site is that people leave it having gained knowledge, a support system and having taken action.

Find out more by clicking on We Connect Now .

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is a term used to umbrella a number of neurological conditions that affect a child’s movement and coordination. Many people believe that CP is a rare occurrence, however it affects around 1 in every 400 children.
Although cerebral palsy continues into adulthood, it is acquired during or soon after birth by a number of possible causes. Cerebral palsy isn’t a progressive disease, however some children can suffer far more extensive symptoms than others depending on the type of CP they have, which may improve or gradually become worse over time.

There are three main types of cerebral palsy and these are Spastic, Dyskinetic and Ataxic. Everyone with the condition will experience different symptoms, but in more severe cases there may be associations and difficulties with drooling, feeding and communication; as an affect caused by Aphasia. This is often where a speech and language therapist, along with a multidisciplinary team would become involved in helping a child develop their skills.

Cerebral Palsy can be caused as the result of a number of complications during pregnancy and birth. In the majority of cases these are unavoidable illnesses or ailments that could not have been prevented. A small number of cases are caused by mistakes, made by medical professionals that could have potentially been avoided. It is important to emphasise that not all cases of cerebral palsy are caused by medical negligence and the vast majority of midwives and doctors will follow and assess a pregnancy carefully from beginning to end, however mistakes are sometimes made and Asons Solicitors provide legal support to those who may need it.

Where cerebral palsy compensation is rewarded, it isn’t for financial gain or personal benefit; it is funding to allow your child to receive all the necessary resources and support they need to be able to live their life as fulfilled as possible. This includes covering the medical bills for treatments such as speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, mobility aids amongst many more.

Speech and language therapy in particular offers children with cerebral palsy and Aphasia, the opportunities to build their skills and allow them to communicate and connect more clearly with people around them- helping the lower the strains inflicted on them both physically and in turn emotionally.

See Cerebral Palsy Infographic by clicking on Cerebral Palsy .

Anyone who may wish to find out more information on Cerebral Palsy and the affects Aphasia can have on the condition, can visit the Asons website for more information.
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Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is an inflammatory and/or neuropathic condition that develops after trauma. The condition is characterized by various exaggerated painful sensations, abnormal regulation of blood flow in the affected region, as well as sweating, edema, trophic changes of skin and subcutaneous tissues, and motor disorders. Several years ago, Northwestern researchers discovered chronic pain caused the regions in the brain that contain the neurons — called gray matter because of it looks gray — to atrophy. CRPS patients have lower perceptual learning aptitude, and exhibit blunted emotional decision-making abilities. In severe attacks, patients are unable to recover completely and are left with disabilities for a lifetime. These injuries can be devastating, causing physical and emotional distress, as well as loss of wages. Find out More

This is a great video that shows the different affects of Aphasia.

After suffering a stroke and the onset of aphasia Dr. Ruth Resch engaged successfully in the difficult process of separating the ‘verbal mind’ from the visual mind, thereby providing a platform for arousing previously enjoyed pleasures in painting, drawing, and music. These evolved as places of rest and avenues of healing fulfillment. As a person with aphasia she found no comparable equivalent in the world of words. Her expression through art translated into a feeling of balance, an adaptation through the creation of pleasure, which she views as central to the life of recovery. Dr. Resch describes her quest for meaningfulness in all aspects of daily life and how she has learned to use the environment as a source of fulfillment and well being. Her ability to connect with the ever-changing natural environment has provided easy access to a stimulating non-verbal world. Readers at all levels, patients, students, and clinicians, will gain a deeper understanding of the inner life of someone with aphasia. We are grateful to Dr. Resch for sharing her innermost feelings in describing her long journey in the quest for a new life. Her courage, integrity, and passion for the human spirit are an inspiration to us all.

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