Photosynthesis and Plasticity: The Magic of Creating Something from Nothing.
More sunlight creates more photosynthesis; less sunlight, less photosynthesis. In much the same way, more thought and cognitive activities create more plasticity; less thought and cognitive activities, less plasticity and learning. That is the direct link between cognitive activities, plasticity and rewiring the brain for people with aphasia.
Enriched Therapy: The Next Stage in Speech Language Therapy and Aphasia Recovery
All speech therapy must establish an enriched environment using those conventional activities to help create the habits that are needed for the long-term application of those very same activities as the way to improve them.
Reading the Landscape of Aphasia (loss of language), Part 1, Aphasia Awareness
This is my understanding of speech therapy and recovery based on the last several years of my work written from the perspective of a person with aphasia (PWA). I have been using my experiences as tools to help other people with aphasia as well as speech therapists and allied clinicians.
Aphasia Nation, Inc., focused on educating the wider public about aphasia and plasticity.
The purpose of Aphasia Nation is to educate the wider public about aphasia and particularly the healthcare and hospital communities. About 25-40% of people with stroke acquire aphasia yet few in the public are aware about aphasia and the link to stroke.
Educating the public about neuroplasticity is the next step.
Stroke and Aphasia Recovery: Metaphors Help Us Mend using Images and Words We Know.
Through a series of useful metaphorical stories, these lessons help provide you with the knowledge needed to generate the self-directed fuel that spurs plasticity, the foundation of all learning. If you (or someone in your family) have suffered a stroke with aphasia, and want to know what it takes to repair one’s language, this book is for you!
Raising Aphasia Awareness: We Can’t Keep Preaching Just to the Choir.
The missing educational linkage between stroke and aphasia have the same siloed problem. We can’t keep preaching just to the choir. We must enlist new voices and preach to new choirs with a new message from the perspective of a person with aphasia doing the preaching.
The Process of Aphasia Recovery, The Internalization of Higher Psychological Functions.
“We call the internal reconstruction of an external operation internalization…the process of internalization consists of a series of transformations:
- An operation that initially represents an external activity is reconstructed and begin to occur internally (Vygotsky, 1978, pg. 56-57).”
Aphasia Recovery: Erect a Habitual Therapeutic Structure Before Conventional Therapy Ends.
SLPs must build an environment using every modality to start the ongoing stimulus that ignites the habitual and integrated process of plasticity and recovery before formal therapy ends.
Reading the Landscape of Aphasia, from a Person with Aphasia; Part 2, Aphasia Therapy.
Enriched therapy creates more experience, more practice, more variety, and more life that provides the momentum of lifelong language recovery where every day is a session day!
The Keys to Raising Aphasia Awareness Nationwide, Part 1- Stroke Coordinators.
We need everyone on the team to make this happen, otherwise it will be a Sisyphean task, pushing the aphasia awareness rock up the mountain, only to have it roll down again tomorrow.
Thank you to all stroke coordinators for lending a hand…and a voice to those who are voiceless!
The Keys to Raising Aphasia Awareness Nationwide, Part 2 – People with Aphasia (PWA).
Stroke center hospitals are designed to stabilize stroke patients and prepare them physically for the next step towards recovery. But those hospitals don’t think they need to educate the public about aphasia because they don’t have to.
The rehab facilities, not the hospitals, are the ones with the responsibility to care for the communication needs of people with aphasia. Both are very good at what they do, but a gap exists between the two siloed entities in the care continuum.
Reading the Landscape of Aphasia from a Person with Aphasia: Part 3, Aphasia Recovery, 9/20/2022.
This describes the changing roles of speech therapists and people with aphasia (PWA) that share in an increasingly self-directed approach to adult learning, lifelong learning, and long-term personal speech therapy.
The Keys to Raising Aphasia Awareness Nationwide, Part 3 – Speech Therapists (SLP). 10/11/2022.
The problem is the missing link between the two. The dearth of information about aphasia (website, materials, education) is the connective tissue that is missing, and the speech language pathologists (SLP) are an important part of raising aphasia awareness.
Aphasia Awareness: Sweeping Cultural Change of the Healthcare Community and Aphasia (11/8/2022).
In an analogous way, culture cannot be “touched” directly. That is not to say that culture can’t change over time or that it cannot be influenced. But when cultural change does occur, it is not in response to a push, but a pull.
Aphasia Awareness–Fish Can’t See Water and Hospitals Can’t See Aphasia (12/6/2022).
It took me a couple of years to really see aphasia myself and began to notice that many hospitals can’t see aphasia either. Stroke centered hospitals need to educate aphasic patients and their families about aphasia while still at the hospital!