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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Aphasia Diagnostics

Aphasia Diagnostics evaluates the speech, language and cognitive skills of adults who have suffered a brain injury or noted a change in any of the communicative abilities.
From more than 60 standardized tools, the diagnostician chooses the most appropriate tests for the individual. The diagnostician interprets all the results, helps develop the individual's treatment plan and documents improvement over time. Testing helps the diagnostician understand the extent of the deficit and identify the strengths that remain.
What does a speech-language pathologist evaluate after a brain injury? Speech and language pathologists evaluate the brain functions associated with communicative skills because one or all of them can be affected by the brain damage.
These include the abilities to:
  • Use language and put together meaningful sentences
  • Understand language (such as following directions)
  • Read simple or complex material
  • Spell or write meaningful sentences
  • Recall specific words
  • Use numbers and math
  • Reason and problem-solve
  • Recall the steps in tasks
  • Be cognitively appropriate
  • Recall recent and remote information
The evaluation of these and other abilities using standardized methods helps determine an individual's strengths and weaknesses and where they stand in relation to other adults who have had brain injuries. Looking at the total picture also helps speech and language pathologists prepare an individualized treatment program to maximize each person's abilities and to document improvements over time.
For more information, please call us at:
Outpatient office locations:
  • Beaumont, Troy - 248-964-0660
  • Beaumont Health Center, Royal Oak - 248-655-5880

Links

American Heart Association
http://www.americanheart.org/
Asphasia Hope Foundation
http://www.aphasiahope.org/
NIDCD - Adult Aphasia: Recent Research
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/adultaphasia.asp
National Stroke Association
http://www.stroke.org

Did You Know?

  • Almost 2 million adults in the U.S. have aphasia, a language disorder which can leave them unable to assign meaning to words, understand speech or express thoughts in understandable words. Aphasia is caused by injury to the brain, commonly through stroke or head injury.
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