Thursday, October 25, 2012

New treatments for those going through aphasia

Catching up on news about aphasia, which I went through after my stroke some years ago. Check out the story on how new treatments may help restore speech lost to aphasia:
But technology, Riedel said, has introduced new language-improvement techniques into the mix over the last few years that are both exciting and fun. Several apps available for iPhone or iPad involve synthetic speech that helps engage those with aphasia in yet another realm of communication.
"Our patients have much more access to different kinds of programs that are computer-based," she said. "There's always something new around the corner."
What remains a constant concern, however, is the misunderstanding many people have of those with language difficulties and how to treat them, Ganzfried and Riedel agreed.
"Many people with aphasia will become socially isolated because of their communication difficulties, which can lead to depression," Ganzfried said. "There are also many misconceptions about aphasia, including that the person is mentally unstable or under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It's also extremely frustrating. Imagine knowing what you want to say in your head but you can't get the words out."
This problem can indeed by frustrating. It doesn't affect your level of intelligence - just getting those thoughts out in the form of language.

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