Aphasia is a much more common neurological disorder than you might expect. Over 1 million people—1 in 250—suffer from this disorder. A diagnosis of aphasia can be very scary and confusing for a patient and their loved ones. Here are some frequently asked questions about aphasia, as well as additional resources to find information.

What is aphasia?

Aphasia is a language disorder caused by injury or deterioration to the language center of the brain.  Expressive and/or receptive (listening comprehension) may be impacted.  Simple tasks such as counting, naming pictures/objects, identifying pictures/objects, following simple commands or even communicating basic wants/needs can be impaired.

Who would benefit from this book?

Any individual suffering from aphasia may benefit from this book.  Notably, it is designed to begin with basic tasks such as counting and gradually increase in difficulty to conversation skills.  The artwork provides a platform to incorporate many different speech and language tasks.

What makes this workbook unique?

This is the first workbook designed specifically for individuals with aphasia and their caregivers to work on together.  It is NOT intended to replace professional Speech Therapy services, nor to be utilized in a clinical setting.  The goal of “Connecting Language and Art” is to fill a void by providing a sophisticated and dignified approach to speech and language practice.  Incorporating art is a unique approach to stimulate and synthesize language and art.

What types of exercises are included in “Connecting Language and Art”?

There are two full chapters that open with artwork and a paragraph focusing on a country.  Ten subchapters follow with exercises for automatic speech (i.e. counting), phrase completion, sentence completion, category inclusion, category exclusion, word identification, word building, open ended statements, naming within a category, conversation topics, and spontaneous expression.  All subchapters incorporate information provided in the initial paragraph for each chapter.

Learn more from the official organizations of the Speech-Language and Audiology professions.