Communication disorders can be extremely socially isolating, as our culture revolves around language. When language is affected, whether from birth or later in life, social contact and relationships can be affected. But just because someone has a communication disorder does not mean that they are any less deserving of, or capable of making social connections.
All too often, treatment approaches are not focused on functional skills. It can also be easy for therapists to take the driver’s seat, and not involve the person with aphasia in their clinical decision making and goal setting – enter the Life Participation Approach to Aphasia (LPAA). Read on to find out how you can start to harness this treatment approach for you as a patient or for you as a clinician working with patients.
So often being a person with a communication disorder, or seeing your loved one experience a communication disorder, can make one feel powerless – like there is just nothing that can make this uphill battle any easier. Whether you’ve had a stroke, a TBI, a mild concussion, are experiencing dementia, or have lived your entire life with a learning disorder, communication is a frustrating struggle.
Just listening to Charles' voice will put anyone at ease. The soothing tone, the melodious pace and most importantly, the authenticity, provides remarkable comfort to all who hear his voice. This is quite a contrast to just over a year ago when Charles could not even speak. A stroke left him with Aphasia, a language disorder that made him unable to communicate.
Just as there are many types of aphasia, there are many ways in which aphasia can be acquired. We hope to provide you with education on its causes, and the expectations tied to improvement over time.
There is so much terminology in the world of medicine, and communication disorders are no exception. We've compiled a list of some of the most common communication disorders and associated conditions that can lead to communication disorders.
Too many times during aphasia treatment, TBI rehabilitation, and treatment for other communication disorders, medical language sounds more like what aliens on Jupiter might speak! We've provided a guide to the most relevant medical terms for communication disorders.
There are few things more frustrating than to know exactly what you want to say, but to not be able to say it. In everyday life, people without communication disorders have that “tip of your tongue” feeling, but for people with communication disorders, that feeling can be eternal — an all-day, unending difficulty.
Having a communication disorder is hard, but so is watching a loved one struggle to communicate. Caregivers come in many shapes and forms – mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, children, brothers and sisters, and aides. Your patience and perseverance never ceases to amaze us. This post is dedicated to you.
Communication disorders (caused by stroke or brain injury, for example) can affect so many aspects of daily life - things like attention, planning, perception, memory, organizing, and more. Often we take for granted our communication skills, until communication becomes difficult.