Stroke & Aphasia Rehab

Stroke an dAphasiaBeaumont's Speech and Language Pathology department is widely recognized for its excellent stroke and related disorders rehabilitation program.

Services are provided at Beaumont's Health Center in Royal Oak as are other outpatient rehabilitation services such as Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Day Rehabilitation Program and Driver's Rehabilitation. Treatment is also available at Beaumont, Troy.

Our treatment program includes:

  • Evaluation and recommendations by certified, specially trained staff
  • Customized treatment programs based on individual concerns
  • Specialized materials, activities and suggestions to help patients regain skills
  • Patient/family support groups for coping with communication loss
  • Special rehabilitation software and workbooks for added stimulation and treatment

What is aphasia?
Aphasia is a general term used to describe difficulties often seen after a stroke. It refers to the loss or reduction of communication skills. Generally we speak of receptive aphasia as a person's ability to understand what is said to him and his ability to understand what he reads. Expressive aphasia is the ability to use language to communicate by speaking or by writing. This is a very general and simplified explanation, and after a stroke or related brain injury, one or more symptoms may be present.

What is the difference between a right- or left-sided stroke?
The brain is divided into the right and left hemispheres each of which controls the opposite side of the body. Each has a unique job but they also work together. The left hemisphere, which is usually dominant in a right-handed person, controls the speech and language areas including understanding, reading, writing, using numbers and recalling words. The right hemisphere (usually dominant in left-handed people) controls visual, spatial and perceptual areas reasoning and judgment, behavioral and emotional areas. These include impulsiveness or initiation, recognizing limitations, or remembering to breaking down tasks into small steps.

Links

American Heart Association

Asphasia Hope Foundation

NIDCD - Adult Aphasia: Recent Research

National Stroke Association

Parrot Software

Wayne State University Press