Saturday, December 19, 2009

Comprehensive Aphasia Test

The Comprehensive Aphasia Test (CAT) is a new test for people who have acquired aphasia and can be completed over one or two assessment sessions. The battery contains a cognitive screen, a language..more..

Dave Kekich: The Bridge to Longevity.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Negative optical aphasia: How much semantics makes a name take?

Background: A spectacular framework of semantic processing in modern cognitive psychology advises that semantic memory originates in quotidian life experience with concrete objects such as workses, brutes, and tools ( Martin & Chao, 2001 ). When the signification of a concrete open-class word is being gotten, the scholar is faced with

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Preventing a stroke

This section tells you how you could reduce the risk of stroke for yourself or

someone you care for.1000 people under 30 have a stroke each year

Some people are more at risk of stroke than others. Some factors can't be changed -

like your genes or your age. However, simple lifestyle changes may prevent you

from having a stroke. If you have already had a stroke, such changes may help

prevent stroke happening again. >Next...

Sunday, November 22, 2009



Sunday, November 15, 2009

psych exam 3

Created By
13 days ago
for my third psych exam
Shuffle Cards :  

Sample flash cards from this set:

   Side A Side B      Side A Side B
1. language largely arbitrary system of communication...   11. phonemes sounds of our language (atoms)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Only great minds can read this
This is weird, but interesting!
fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too

Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! if you can raed tihs forwrad it

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Traumatic Brain Injury Victims Studied Further at University

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) patients are receiving extra attention at the University of Arizona's Aphasia Research Project where researchers are studying improved methods of writing and reading therapies for victims.

The university has reportedly received a collective $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Deafness and other Communications and the National Institutes of Health to assist patients in recovering from communications disorders that involve more than just language. "Aphasia rehabilitation is typically directed toward the improvement of spoken language, but reading and spelling are also affected," according to reports from the Aphasia Research Project and the

BPS - Neuropsychology shines torch through corridors of the mind

Hit the TV. The way it breaks down offers clues as to how it works. For example, you'll never find that a thump causes the screen to selectively stop displaying women, because there's no mechanism in the machine that exclusively supports the transmission of female images. Cognitive neuropsychologists pursue a similar approach with the human brain, except of course they don't kick people, but rather they study patients with a brain damaged through some other

Chris DeWald | Aphasia and apraxia: The same, but different

September 22, 2009 by chrisgraham

Trying to decipher and also remembering the difference is close to knowing all the whos in Whoville. Yeah, I bet everyone remembers Cindy Lou Who. I have always thought that the speech therapist told me I had aphasia, but reviewing my notes the other day, I read “apraxia.” Gee Golly, what is the difference? I always used to say it’s a stroke thing. That covers it, huh? A little knowledge does not hurt, so here we go!

Imaging short- and long-term training success in chronic aphasia

To date, functional imaging studies of treatment-induced recovery from chronic aphasia only assessed short-term treatment effects after intensive language training. In the present study, we show with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), that different brain regions may be involved in immediate versus long-term success of intensive language training in chronic post-stroke aphasia patients.

Results: Eight patients were trained daily for three hours over a period of two weeks in naming of concrete

iPod Touch/iPhone as a Communication Device

iPod Touch/iPhone as a Communication Device

For those PALS (Patients with ALS) who have good hand function, but just have trouble speaking, this may be a solution for you.

If you already own an iPod Touch or iPhone, there are a host of applications that you can purchase to have your device speak out loud things that you type or select on a screen:

Proloquo2go: Fully featured communication software with over 7000 items. Good quality voices. $189.99 on iTunes

Talk Assist: Speaks anything typed into the application. Phrases can be saved, and it also keeps a history of typed phrases. Free on iTunes

iSpeech – Text to Speech: Speaks anything typed into the application. Free on iTunes

Speak it! Text to Speech: Turns anything a user types into speech. Good voice synthesizer with very clear speech. $1.99 on iTunes

Talk to Me – Text to Speech: Speaks words as they are typed, and will speak whole phrases. $1.99 on iTunes

Locabulary: Speaks preprogrammed word/phrases. Free on iTunes

Small Talk to Aphasia: Designed for people with aphasia, Small Talk provides a vocabulary of pictures and videos that talk in a natural human voice. Free on iTunes

If you do not have an iPod Touch or iPhone, you may be interested in this option. You should go to a store that sells iPod Touches or iPhones to see how you like the touch screen before you purchase this device.

Other accessories that you may find helpful:

Ewest Super Mini Stereo Speaker

iMainGo 2 Handheld Speaker Case

If you have difficulty touching the screen, there is a stylus that you can purchase to help make selecting items easier called the Pogo Stylus.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Spring 2009 Classes Filed Under News

The semester is over, so it’s time for my update of the semester. This semester was probably my busiest one so far with 4 classes and clinic. My classes this semester included Fluency, Traumatic Brain Injury, Aphasia, and Dysphagia. Technically I should have taken Aphasia and Dysphagia last year, but they had to be postponed due to schedule conflicts.

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) was a good class. Typically, students take a class in Childhood Apraxia of Speech, but because most of my classmates are interested in the medical setting and they did not get much of an aphasia class, Apraxia was replaced. TBI was taught by the director of the clinic who worked several years with this population. The teacher doesn’t have a doctorate, so she has to get special permission to teach. This is the same teacher we had for Motor Speech Disorders last year. She is still one of the best teacher’s I’ve had. In the class we learned about cognitive communication disorders (impairments in memory, executive functioning, and attention) that result from a TBI and how to treat people with these impairments. It is an interesting field, but very heartbreaking to see individuals with injuries that have caused such damage to the brain. Next....

Friday, July 17, 2009

How to help a loved one suffering from aphasia

June is Aphasia Awareness Month. Aphasia is a loss of language skills, one of the disabilities that can result from a stroke. Language problems usually result from damage to the left temporal and parietal lobes of the brain. Next..

Bridging aphasia-based language gaps

Sarah Campbell
Staff Writer

Nestled on the fourth floor of the East Carolina University Health Sciences Building is a room where those suffering from aphasia have found a safe haven.
"(Aphasia's) an impairment of language, the ability to use and comprehend words, Sherri Winslow, clinical supervisor for the ECU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, said. "It includes talking, listening, understanding, reading, writing and numbers - all of those things relate to language."

East Carolina University's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders began hosting free aphasia support groups during March.

"One of the main purposes (of the group) is getting people together because some of those with aphasia may tend not to try to attempt to communicate out in public or with other people," Sherri Winslow, clinical supervisor for the departm Next..

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

communication disorders

Definition: Aphasia is defined as an impairment that affects language, reading, and writing. This person may have trouble reading, writing, talking, listening, ect. Aphasia is caused by damage to the left hemisphere of the brain. This can be caused suddenly as result of a stroke or trauma, or it can occur slowly by tumors, infection, or dementia. Anyone can be diagnosed with aphasia; it affects men and women the same. Aphasia can be cured or it can be permanent. There are two types of aphasia:

Case 12-2009 — A 46-Year-Old Man with Migraine, Aphasia, and Hemiparesis and Similarly Affected Family Members

Family Members

Steven D. Brass, M.D., M.P.H., Eric E. Smith, M.D., M.P.H., Joseph F. Arboleda-Velasquez, M.D., William A. Copen, M.D., and Matthew P. Frosch, M.D., Ph.D.

Since this article has no abstract, we have provided an extract of the first 100 words of the full text and any section headings.

Presentation of Case

A 46-year-old man was seen in the neurology clinic because of hemiparesis, aphasia, and abnormalities on neuroimaging studies.

The patient had been well, except for migraine headaches, until 4 years earlier, when right-sided weakness, clumsiness, and slurred speech developed during a period of 24 hours. A neurologist at another hospital found dysarthria and right central facial weakness; decreased muscle tone in the right arm, with strength 4+/5; and normal muscle tone in the right leg, with strength 4+/5. Strength on the left side was normal, with slightly increased tone in the left arm and normal tone in the left leg. . . . next

Monday, April 27, 2009

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  • Wednesday, April 22, 2009

    New York Relay

    People who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, or have a speech disability enrich their independent lives by utilizing relay services. Traditional phones are not for everybody. Teletypewriters (TTY) and telecommunications devices for the deaf (TDD) have proven themselves to be useful and easy to use. The relay services take advantage of TTY/TDD devices that allow the user to communicate with friends, loved ones, business associates, and service providers so they may participate in daily community life.

    New York Relay Service uses state-of-the-art technology to bring relay services to customers. Enrich your communications. With New York Relay, you can:

    * Store and refer back to information such as frequently dialed numbers, preferred call type, and long distance carrier
    * Utilize a wide array of technologies, such as teletypewriters (TTY), Voice Carry-Over (VCO) and Hearing Carry-Over (HCO)
    * Retrieve voicemail and answering machine messages
    * Redial last number called
    * Work with sensitive and well-trained Relay Operators who handle each call with complete confidentiality

    The Relay Service routinely monitors performance to ensure continuously high quality services.

    For Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, or Speech Disabled:
    The most common device used to make a relay call is a TTY (text telephone device) that can be used together with a phone handset. However, the equipment you need may vary depending upon the type of relay service you use. For more information on how to obtain a device in your area for your specific needs, call New York Relay Service Customer Service at 1-800-676-3777.

    For Hearing (or Voice Caller):
    You don't need any special devices for calling the Relay Service. When you plan to call a deaf, hard-of-hearing or speech-disabled individual, all you do is to simply dial 7-1-1 or 1-800-421-1220. You will hear a voice recording telling you to press "1" to make a relay call. Then you will give the Relay Operator the area code and telephone number you wish to call and any further instructions. The Relay Operator will process your call, relaying exactly what the TTY user is typing back to you. The Relay Operator will relay what you say back to the TTY user.

    Monday, April 20, 2009

    voice control