Aphasia Diagnostics

Aphasia DiagnosticsAphasia Diagnostics evaluates the speech, language and cognitive skills of adults who have suffered a brain injury or noted a change in any of the communicative abilities.

From more than 60 standardized tools, the diagnostician chooses the most appropriate tests for the individual. The diagnostician interprets all the results, helps develop the individual's treatment plan and documents improvement over time. Testing helps the diagnostician understand the extent of the deficit and identify the strengths that remain.

What does a speech-language pathologist evaluate after a brain injury?Speech and language pathologists evaluate the brain functions associated with communicative skills because one or all of them can be affected by the brain damage.

These include the abilities to:

  • Use language and put together meaningful sentences
  • Understand language (such as following directions)
  • Read simple or complex material
  • Spell or write meaningful sentences
  • Recall specific words
  • Use numbers and math
  • Reason and problem-solve
  • Recall the steps in tasks
  • Be cognitively appropriate
  • Recall recent and remote information

The evaluation of these and other abilities using standardized methods helps determine an individual's strengths and weaknesses and where they stand in relation to other adults who have had brain injuries. Looking at the total picture also helps speech and language pathologists prepare an individualized treatment program to maximize each person's abilities and to document improvements over time.

  • Almost 2 million adults in the U.S. have aphasia, a language disorder which can leave them unable to assign meaning to words, understand speech or express thoughts in understandable words. Aphasia is caused by injury to the brain, commonly through stroke or head injury.

Links

American Heart Association

Asphasia Hope Foundation

NIDCD - Adult Aphasia: Recent Research

National Stroke Association