Stroke and Aphasia

The Adult Services division of the Speech and Language Pathology Department provides individualized diagnostic and treatment services for adults with expressive and receptive aphasia. Our goal is to help adults achieve their maximum communicative potential.

The Communication Process

Although we think of communication in terms of "speaking," it can involve other processes. Communication also includes listening, spelling, writing, using numbers and reading. Impairments in these areas are often referred to as aphasia. Many of our patients have had a stroke, however, other neurological disorders can cause aphasia. Some other diagnoses include brain tumor, aneurysm, AVM, TIA, hemorrhage, anoxia, brain injury and primary progressive aphasia.

The brain is the organ responsible for these complex and interrelated communication skills. When a disruption occurs in normal brain functioning, there can be subtle or dramatic changes in one, several or all communicative abilities.

The goal of speech and language rehabilitation is to identify what different abilities have changed as a result of the medical problem and to help individuals recover to their maximum potential. Our specialized Speech-Language Pathologists will complete a comprehensive evaluation to determine the patient's communicative strengths and weaknesses. An individualized treatment plan of care will be developed in order to improve communicative skills. The patient and caregivers are involved in the goal-setting process and treatment will involve a functional approach. We offer individual and group sessions to assist with achieving the treatment goals. Family involvement and education continues throughout the program. Home programs are designed to enhance the progress in home, work and social environments.

Skills and Certification of Clinicians

Staff members have master's degrees, have earned the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC), and have specialized training in their chosen area of adult speech and language disorders. In addition, our department is a recognized training center for physicians and graduate-level students in speech and language pathology.

Insurance

Coverage from most major insurance companies is accepted, but coverage for treatment depends on individual insurance benefits. Scholarship funding may be available.