Living with Aphasia


Joseph A. Barrow (Editor)

Series: Speech and Language Disorders

BISAC: MED056000

Aphasia is a debilitating disorder, resulting from brain damage, which causes a person to lose the ability to understand or express speech. While aphasia is sometimes permanent, some people can completely recover their language ability spontaneously or with treatment. This monograph consists of four chapters that provide details about the disorder and describe various treatment options. Chapter One reports non-invasive brain stimulation’s contribution to the study of phonological, syntactic and semantic language processing, as well as the recent interest in connections between language and motor systems. Chapter Two describes linguistically focused intensive group therapy and discusses the specific needs of adolescents and young adults with acquired aphasia. Chapter Three presents a case report of a patient with post-traumatic aphasia. Chapter Four provides details about subcortical aphasia, which is a language disorder caused by injuries in subcortical areas, such as the basal ganglia, white matter tracts, and thalamus, but not by injuries in cortical language areas, such as Wernicke’s and Broca’s areas.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Non-invasive Brain Stimulation in Post-stroke Aphasia Rehabilitation and Language Research
(Lucia Iracema Zanotto de Mendonça and Adriana Bastos Conforto – Hospital das Clínicas, São Paulo University, Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brazil, et al.)

Chapter 2. Group Therapy for Adolescents and Young Adults with Acquired Aphasia: Benefits for Reintegration into Society, Educational and Working Life
(Pete Guy Spencer – Department of Speech and Language Therapy, Hegau-Jugendwerk, Gailingen, Germany)

Chapter 3. Evaluation of the Course of Therapy and Its 20-Year-Long Outcome in a Patient with Post-traumatic Aphasia
(Maria Izabela Mielnik – Department of Nursing Management, Medical University of Gdańsk, Poland, et al.)

Chapter 4. Functional Disorders in Patients with Subcortical Aphasia
(Chiaki Yamaji and Shinichiro Maeshima – Graduate School of Rehabilitation, Kinjo University, Hakusan, Japan)


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