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Name: Carol Schultz
Alias: CarolSchultz
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Web site:http://www.CrossingTheVoid.com
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Description:I am an aphasic survivor. After canoeing 230 miles down the Yukon River, I woke up speechless. A stroke had taken my words. In what may be an unusual approach to speech recovery, my impaired brain developed methods that enabled me to speak, read and write again. In the end, I moved from being one "without words", to becoming an author to tell of my experiences. Now that "Crossing the Void: My Aphasic Journey" is published, I am ready to offer what I can for those affected by aphasia. I was raised in Boy Scout Camp Bradford (of Indiana University's Bradford Woods), near Martinsville, Indiana and graduated from Indiana University with a BS in Recreation. My husband and I operated our family-owned outdoor retail store, Base Camp, Inc. in Bellingham, Washington for 31 years until our retirement. "Crossing the Void" is my first book.
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Posted at: 2022-02-07 02:04:28
It’s been a while since you wrote and I am a new member, but you need to ”know” the aphasic mind without going there. It would help you emphathize, and that helps you help your husband. There are several book written by aphasic survivor that might help you. One is of my aphasic recovery newly published, Crossing the Void: My Aphasic Journey. As new as my book is, readers are thanking me for writing it. It would help for your kids to read it, too.

Perhaps by now the crisis with his speech is largely resolved. Hope so. Would like to hear from you again.

Sincerely, Carol

Posted at: 2022-02-07 01:52:21
Girum, is your father still in Ethiopia? I don’t think that would be true in the US. I’d question the diagnosis there is no treatment for him, though I do not know his degree of severity. I’ve been helping a person who was first not expected to live, then not expected to get out of bed, then not to get out of a wheelchair, then off a walker, and never be able to speak, read or write . . . He’s now walking, driving, doing their shopping, rides a geared tricycle, and though his speak is limited, has a good noun vocabulary, some verbs, keeps a diary, uses various computer reading aides to read books, magazines, etc. and reads some himself. He has maintained his occupational and speech therapy sessions in the community and his wife keeps him involved with their social life. He spent one quarter at the University of Michigan Residential Aphasia Program, and will return again. (wwww.med.umich.edu/opm/newspage/2003/aphasia.htm) Regards, Carol
Re: Speech aphasia
Posted at: 2022-02-07 01:34:33
That is interesting. My aphasic stroke has been a few years ago, but at the time, no one suggested I might be eligible for SS benefits . . .

Cindi, I, too learned to speak, read and write much on my own. What are you doing? What is working for you. Do you have problem coming up with words, or do you know them and just can’t say them. Can you read and write? I’m helping another aphasic person and I am always trying to find the key to his speaking.

Best regards, Carol

Brain Injury
Posted at: 2022-02-07 00:04:31
Louisa, never say never. If my experience is worth anything, I’d say though you will probably not regain your original language dexterity, you should continue to have improvement. But it does not happen by itself. I’d be interested in knowing about specifically your aphasia characters. Best wishes, Carol
Posted at: 2022-02-06 23:56:12
I don’t know if this would work for you, but I found I couldn’t find words because they were not there. To get words to ”stick” in my brain, I had to visualize the word’s spelling. Then, with a ”picture” image of the word, I was phonically prompted to speak the word. Often, if I cannot spell a word to start with, I cannot say it. Good luck. Let me know how it goes. Carol
New episode: aphasia bloopers
Posted at: 2022-02-06 23:49:04
I’d me interested in knowing how your mind came back. Type of aphasia? Thereapies that helped? Methods you may have developed your self? I am an aphasia survivor myself and am always interested in knowing ways of helping others.

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