Aphasia is a communication disorder characterized by complete or partial impairment of language comprehension, formulation and use.
It is often the result of a stroke, but may also be caused by brain tumors, degenerative disease, traumatic brain injury and gunshot wounds. The degree of disability depends on the extent and location of the brain damage.
Symptoms of Aphasia May Include
Trouble understanding speech
Word finding problems
Problems with reading or writing
The 3 main types of aphasia are
Nonfluent: Difficulty with speaking, writing and word finding. Language and reading comprehension are often relatively intact.
Fluent: Language comprehension is poor. While speech is fluent, it often makes no sense and consists of jargon and neologisms (made-up words).
Global: Severe impairments in both language comprehension and speech production.
Speech therapy is the primary treatment for aphasia. It is based on the specific needs of the individual and frequently includes family participation. Aphasia therapy focuses on relearning language skills and often incorporates a variety of approaches including augmentative communication, gesturing and writing to facilitate expression of thoughts and ideas. Goals should be realistic, aiming for best possible communication skills relative to the individual’s abilities.
In working with Monica, I have noticed a marked reduction in my level of anxiety when speaking in front of large groups. My posture and voice projection now match the passion I wish to convey when sharing my message, and I can easily choose the correct words and speaking style to suit any audience. Her seamless integration of speech, voice and bodywork allowed me to progress both personally and professionally as a speaker and a writer. For these changes, I am indebted to Monica, and suggest that anyone who doubts their vocal abilities try a session and experience the work him or herself.
-- Rebecca, Parlin, NJ