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Better Together - The Benefit of Aphasia Groups

Updated: Jan 15


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What is Aphasia? 



Aphasia is a language disorder caused by injury to the brain, with the most common brain injury being a stroke. Two sub-types of aphasia include, Wernicke’s Aphasia, which predominantly affects a person’s ability to understand language (receptive language), and Broca’s Aphasia which predominantly affects a person’s ability to speak (expressive language). Aphasia diagnosis are made based on the person's:


1. Verbal communication

2. Comprehension

3. Repetition ability


Other sub-types of Aphasia include: Transcortical Motor Aphasia, Anomic Aphasia, Conduction Aphasia, Global Aphasia, and Transcortical Sensory Aphasia.


The Toronto Aphasia Institute defines aphasia as "Masked Competence - knowing more than you can say".


Each person’s brain injury is different, and each person’s experience with aphasia will be different too. Many adults with aphasia know exactly what's going on, they have opinions, a desire to socialize, they are capable participants and decision makers. Aphasia often affects a person's ability to communicate their feelings, thoughts and emotions. For some, Aphasia might feel like the word is on the tip of your tongue but you can't quite reach it. 



What is the Benefit of Group Therapy?


Participating in group therapy helps people with Aphasia and their loved ones find a sense of community. It encourages sharing information and experiences, and allows for social participation in a safe environment. A recent study published by the University of Alberta (Wilson et al., 2023) found that participants attending Aphasia focused group therapy reported an overall improved health-related quality of life!



 


Group Therapy at Beyond Speech


We are hosting bi-weekly art therapy groups for people with Aphasia (and their loved ones) led by a Speech Language Pathologist. Sessions will include communication support, guided conversations and of course - art! 


If aphasia is something you or someone you know struggles with, please come join our aphasia group, all communication abilities are welcome and we would love to have you!


Please contact jstetz@beyondspeechservices.com for more information.



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