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  • Does a plateau exist in stroke recovery?

The Truth about the Plateau in Stroke Recovery

Does stroke recovery stop after 3-6 months or does it go on forever? Find out what medical professionals mean when they say stroke survivors have hit a plateau, then try these 9 things to get your recovery going again. Features an aphasia-friendly version to download & share.

By |October 26th, 2016|Aphasia and Apraxia, Downloads, Stroke|3 Comments

12 Fascinating Stories about Adult Communication Disorders

Personal stories are powerful tools for professionals to better understand the lives of their clients and caregivers. For those affected by communication disorders, stories serve to provide support by hearing about someone going through the same situation. Check out these 12 stories in books and film to better understand the human experience you won't learn in a textbook.

The Making of VAST: Videos that Change the Way We Do Speech Therapy

Aphasia technology pioneer Darlene Williamson explains what VAST is and why videos are so effective at helping stroke survivors to speak again. Learn more about the history, theory, and technology behind the videos that make our Apraxia Therapy app so powerful in this interview.

Bungee Jumping and the Dignity of Risk

Stroke and brain injury survivors with communication and physical challenges are often well-protected from risk by loving family members or caregivers. While risk may sound like a bad thing, there's something very important about it to the human experience. Guest blogger Tricia Rachfall offers insights about the dignity of risk in the lives of those with disabilities.

What is a Stroke?

Stroke can be a frightening word to hear if you find out that you or someone you know has experienced one. But what is a stroke exactly? Find out the various types, what causes it, how to prevent a stroke, how to spot one happening, and what happens afterwards as stroke survivors try to recover with rehabilitation.

By |October 14th, 2015|Stroke|Comments Off on What is a Stroke?

A Writer’s Journey to Aphasia and Back Again. Sort of.

Dylan Otto Krider is an award-winning author who suffered a stroke at age 43. Faced with aphasia that took away his ability to speak, read, and write, he fought his way back with hard work and speech therapy to recover his craft and career. Read his inspiring story of determination to see how far he's come.

Making Sense of Aphasia with a Sense of Adventure

Byron and Donna Peterson have been living with Wernicke's aphasia for over 5 years now. Donna shares their story of stroke, rehab, and getting back into life with a challenging communication disorder that drove most of their family and friends away. See how this adventurous couple has risen to the challenge and is fighting back as you learn more about the man you saw in our video of fluent aphasia in last week's post.

What is Fluent Aphasia?

Effortless speech isn't what you think of when you hear "aphasia," but it is a characteristic of fluent aphasia, a unique language disorder you may need to see to believe. Learn what fluent aphasia is, see a video of what it sounds like, and find out how to help a person with a lesion in Wernicke's area of the brain.

By |September 9th, 2015|Aphasia and Apraxia, Stroke|Comments Off on What is Fluent Aphasia?

Communicating with Aphasia Just Got a Little Easier

Communicating after a stroke can be challenging and frustrating. See how an exciting new update to the AlphaTopics AAC app can help people with aphasia and dysarthria improve communication clarity with 3 simple but powerful tools. This affordable app provides stroke survivors with augmentative communication strategies designed for their unique needs.

By |September 2nd, 2015|Aphasia and Apraxia, Dysarthria, News & Reviews, Stroke, Tactus App Resources|Comments Off on Communicating with Aphasia Just Got a Little Easier
  • Neuroplasticity - What Stroke Survivors Need to Know

10 Things Stroke Survivors Need To Understand About Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity is a big word getting a lot of buzz in stroke and brain injury rehab because it gives hope to survivors that their brains can heal, adapt, and rewire after they have been damaged. What exactly is neuroplasticity, and how does it work? Learn the 10 principles so you can evaluate whether treatment programs are likely to work for you.

By |August 12th, 2015|Brain Injury, Home User Learning Hub, Stroke|5 Comments