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Re: RIC Intensive aphasia therapy progam
Posted at: 2022-02-24 18:19:39
Dear Paul,
Your wife is very fortunate to have you as an advocate during this challenging time. Without knowing your wife, and testing her language and cognitive skills, it would be difficult for me to recommend a specific speech and language intervention or program for her. What I can tell you is that intensive therapy has been shown to be quite beneficial for some individuals with aphasia and RIC has an excellent reputation. If you are considering this option, I’d highly recommend that you contact a speech-language pathologist at the facility and discuss the details (RIC’s Intensive Aphasia Therapy Program, 312-238-6163). Again, this program is not appropriate for everyone with aphasia. Gather information about many programs, including the program that your wife is currently attending. Her current facility may provide intensive treatment as well. Once you have gathered the information about the various programs, talk you’re your wife’s neurologist/physiatrist/primary care physician about the best treatment options. Wishing you and your wife the best.
Re: mom’s aphasia
Posted at: 2022-02-11 12:18:09
Dear Sandi,
Thanks for your email question. Your mother is fortunate to have you to advocate for her. There is the potential for improvement in speech-language and/or communication skills with speech-language treatment, even years post stroke. Your mother deserves an opportunity to participate in speech-language treatment. It is important for her to receive an evaluation and subsequent treatment from a therapist who is experienced in the area of aphasia. I don’t know where you live so my suggestion to you is that you contact your state Speech-Language Hearing Association or the American Speech-Language Hearing Association for a list of speech and language providers (with an experience in aphasia) in your area.
Best of luck to you and your mother.
Re: I need advice
Posted at: 2022-02-20 19:05:43
I certainly understand your desire keep improving in any way that you can. If you have not done so already, I would suggest that you start by speak to your primary care physician or neurologist and see if she/he may refer you to the most appropriate medical professional in your area. You may also benefit from seeing a speech pathologist in your area with expertise and experience in adult neurological communication disorders for a follow up. If you are having difficulty finding a speech language pathologist in your area, there a few organizations that can assist you with your search. These organizations are as follows:

American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA.org)

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS.org)

National Aphasia Association (NAA) (aphasia.org)

Let us know how you are progressing.

Re: Wernicke’s Asphasis
Posted at: 2022-02-20 18:57:06
Dear Judie,
You’re brother is fortunate to have you as an advocate. If the nursing home cannot recommend a speech-language pathologist, start looking for one for him before he is discharged. There a few organizations that can assist you with your search. These organizations are as follows:

Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS.org)
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA.org)
National Aphasia Association (NAA) (aphasia.org)

Once you have located some potential speech-language pathologists, you and you’re brother should interview the candidates. Be sure that the candidates have experience working with adults with acquired brain injury.

Best of luck.

Re: Language organization in brain on the basis on aphasia studies
Posted at: 2022-02-16 13:49:32
Natalia, There is considerable research regarding “organization of language in brain.” in individuals with aphasia. I would suggest that you start with an online search using terms such as “anomia”, “lexical access in aphasia”, and “word retrieval and aphasia”. These focused searches should lead you to a large body of literature. You may also run across recent studies using fMRI to study language organization. Good luck with your project.
Re: what to do while waiting for neuro testing
Posted at: 2022-02-10 18:20:56
Dear Liz,
I sense your concern and I’m glad to hear that you’ve spoken to your PCP about your speech and language difficulties. Does your PCP know that you will need to wait 2 months before you have a neuropsychological assessment? If not, perhaps your physician can try to schedule an earlier appointment with a different neuropsychologist. You might also try calling the neuropsychologist’s office and ask to be put on a waiting list. If there is a cancelation, this may be one way for you to be seen by the neuropsychologist at an earlier time. Have you been seen by a neurologist as well? If not, you might ask your PCP if this is an appropriate referral for you.
Best of luck to you.
Kristine Lundgren
Re: stuttering
Posted at: 2022-03-01 10:19:40
I am so sorry to hear about your mother. I agree with the neurologist that your mother should see a speech-language pathologist. The speech-language pathologist that you choose should have experience in the diagnosis and treatment of speech and language disorders in adults. If you do not know of anyone in your area, you can search on the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website at http://www.asha.org. I hope this information helps you and your family.
Re: Intensive schedule aphsia therapy programs
Posted at: 2022-02-14 16:20:12
I’m assuming that you are looking for a residential program. Other than the University of Michigan, I am not aware of any other residential programs, in the United States, for individuals with aphasia. If you are looking for some intensive day treatment options, you may want to contact Lynn Maher at the University of Houston. Dr. Maher has done research in the area of intensive treatment. Individuals in her treatment study undergo three weeks of one type of intensive treatment, Constraint Induced Language Therapy. Dr Maher [email protected] may be aware of other day programs like this “west of the Mississippi”.
Kristine Lundgren
Re: My husband with Aphasia
Posted at: 2022-02-05 09:29:59
Dear Susan,
You certainly have made many attempts to assist your husband in his recovery. I am so glad to hear that you discuss these difficult issues with your supportive friends. In your recent email, you asked whether your husband’s condition would improve. Because I do not know your husband, I can’t respond to this question but I can tell you that many individuals who have had a stroke continue to benefit from treatment even years after the initial stroke. I recommend that you have a speech-language pathologist re-evaluate your husband’s swallowing and cognitive skills. The speech-language pathologist can discuss these issues with you after completing the testing.
Best of luck to you and your family.
I hope this helps.
Re: My husband with Aphasia
Posted at: 2022-02-01 11:56:27
Dear Susan,
Thank you for your letter and for sharing your story with us. I can only imagine the challenges that you and your family have faced over the past 4 years. You have been very persistent in your attempt to get some much needed assistance for your husband. It is also very important for you and your daughter to be safe and healthy too. Does your husband have a primary care doctor? Has he seen a neurologist in the past year? I strongly suggest that you call your husband’s doctor with all of your concerns. Perhaps your husband’s doctor can refer you to a social worker who can tell you about the resources available to you and your daughter through your medical insurance or resources in the community (support groups, home healthcare, and respite facilities). In addition, please ask your husband’s doctor to refer you to a speech-language pathologist who can assess your husband’s swallowing, language, and cognitive skills.
Best of luck to you and your family.

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