When You Can't Communicate

Aphasia Treatment-ANA
If you thought of the consequences of not being able to write, speak or understand language, both verbal and written, then you would know how serious the disease of Aphasia is.  And Arizona Neurology Associates wants you to know how serious the disease of Aphasia is as well.  The impact on the individual and families can be devastating.

Aphasia normally happens after a head injury, or a stroke. There have been cases where it happens gradually, a brain tumor, or progressive disease that leads to brain degeneration. It’s this damage that determines what impact the disease will have on the individual and how much disability will occur.

At Arizona Neurology Associates, the first thing we have to do is determine if you have this disease, how it happened, and then develop a treatment plan. That’s important for you to get your communication abilities back, and this is normally linked to speech therapy and language therapy. This is both a combination of relearning these skills, and learning new ways to communicate. It is important that family members help in the process, as everyone in the family will be affected by this.

At Arizona Neurology Associates, it is important as noted above, to figure out what caused a person’s disease, as well as the area of brain affected and the extent. This will affect and direct the treatment plan we will develop for you.

If you suspect that you have Aphasia, or someone you know, then what you might see is people exhibiting a lack of understanding conversations, writing gibberish, speaking unrecognizable words, confusion in sounding out words, or cut-off sentences. If you see it, contact Arizona Neurology Associates immediately for a consultation. We have experience and want to help.

At Arizona Neurology Associates we tell folks there are three types of aphasia, global, fluent and nonfluent. In global aphasia, there has been extensive damage to the language areas of the brain, these individuals usually display severe disability, and suffer with comprehension and expression issues. In fluent aphasia, you might find a person talking in what appears to be long complex structures, which don’t make sense, or incorporate words that don’t make sense or aren’t recognizable. They don’t communicate well, and most often don’t realize others around them don’t understand them. Finally, nonfluent aphasia results from damage to the left frontal area of the brain, and is normally referred to as Broca aphasia or nonfluent aphasia. Individuals with this disorder speak in short bursts, leave words out and struggle to get words out.

Come to Arizona Neurology Associates, we know aphasia and what it does, how it affects those with this disorder. We can help, but you have to see us first. Give us a call, let us bring all of our experience, techniques, and tools to bear to help you get back your quality of life. Don’t wait, you won’t be disappointed.