Acquired Communication Disorders
An acquired communication disorder or aphasia is caused by damage to the parts of the brain responsible for speech and language. This damage often results in communication and cognition (thought) challenges. Aphasia can result from many neurological conditions including: traumatic brain injury, stroke, Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis (MS) .
Our aphasia services focus on improving:
- a person's ability to speak
- comprehension and expression of spoken and written language
- social communication
- communication partner support
- consistent use of augmentative and alternative communication systems (AAC)
Following an initial meeting together, we will build a speech and language program to address your family member's specific needs. This process involves building an awareness of their unique history, conducting an assessment and identifying communication goals. We will also work with you to select a therapy location and schedule, as well as, assisting you to access available funding.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What's the best way to communicate to a friend or family member with aphasia?
Communicating with friends and family is a key success factor in the recovery process. As their communication partner we encourage you to:
- Use straight-forward language
- Repeat and / or write down key content
- Maintain a conversational tone but slow down the pace of the conversation just a little
- Minimize unnecessary distractions
- Ask for their opinion and value it
- Allow the person adequate time to speak
- Encourage the person to become active in groups outside the home