by Janice Rodriguez
June is National Aphasia Association’s (NAA) Awareness Month, so this is a great time to find websites on aphasia and related communication deficits. The NAA, www.aphasia.org, is a good start. Click on the link called “Facts and Reading” on the home page. You will have a list of information - my favorites are “Questions and Answers About Aphasia - What Is It?” and “Selected Resources.” Also on the NAA home page, you will see links for nationwide support groups, NAA state representatives, aphasia research and finally, “Web Links.” The Web Links are comprehensive, so dig in!
Another good site is the Aphasia Hope Foundation (AHF), www.aphasiahope.org, especially the “Input -Forums” and “Research - Articles” found on the home page. Also, a good general site is the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), http://www.asha.org/public/speech, where you will find information on speech and language disorders like aphasia, apraxia, and dysarthria. On the left side of the web page, you will see a link called “Find a Speech-Language Pathologist,” which is a great resource. Use the ’state’ selection (not ’city’ or ’zip’) to view all the professional ASHA members in that state. The final site for this month is the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), http://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/voice/index.asp, which has a list of voice, speech and language disorders. Because communication deficits are a huge problem for stroke survivors, I will continue this article next month, focusing treatment and rehabilitation.
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