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The Myth of the Aphasia Recovery “Plateau”

Perhaps one the most frustrating things that happens to people who are dealing with aphasia is hearing from clinicians that they’ve reached a “plateau” in their recovery; a mythical place where no further improvement is to be expected. Often they hear about the “plateau” from their physicians who, in the earliest period after onset of aphasia, tell them that they can expect recovery for X number of weeks or months before they reach a plateau.

Let’s explore the “geographic” landscape of aphasia recovery and see if we can identify some truths.

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Is Aphasia Funny?

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No, having aphasia, an impairment of language, isn’t funny!! But people with aphasia can be funny. And it’s really good for people with aphasia (and everybody else) to laugh. So let’s think about aphasia and humor and laughter.

Humor is the cognitive experience of amusement, comedy, incongruity or absurdity. We respond to humor by laughing. Laughter can be mild…a brief chuckle Continue reading the full article

Aphasia in two languages? Important facts you need to know!

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If you or a loved one has aphasia, then you know that aphasia, most often caused by stroke, results in difficulty producing and/or comprehending language. But what if a person spoke two languages before acquiring aphasia?

In this situation, both languages can be affected. This condition is known as bilingual aphasia. Here are a few additional facts about bilingual aphasia that might help you understand it better.
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An Aphasia-Friendly World?

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Heaps of people have communication problems. Why can’t the world be a little more communication friendly? Particularly for people who suddenly find they have aphasia.

Aphasia after a stroke or brain injury is a traumatic event. A communicatively able person is suddenly communicatively disabled. They are thrust into a world dependent on communication for living (work, leisure, education) and loving (relationships, identity). Continue reading the full article

When Aphasia Doesn’t Go Away: Some Thoughts on Living With It

You had a stroke, and became aphasic about 6-8 months or so. You have done everything that rehab specialists have asked you to do. You have gotten much better, probably more than you can recognize, but you still have aphasia. Now what?

Never ever give up

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