SHP Program Strives to Help Improve Communication for Those with Aphasia

Posted in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences

By Lauren Clerc Earlier this semester, the MU School of Health Professions founded the Language Enhancement for Adults Program, a clinical program that focuses on patients diagnosed with aphasia. Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder resulting from trauma to the brain that impairs communication and understanding. Gwen Nolan, the coordinator of LEAP, said victims of aphasia typically will have suffered a stroke, brain injury or neurological disease. “From what I’ve seen, I think that aphasia can have implications for all aspects of life,” Nolan said. “As far as communication goes, it can be really isolating because you have a hard time conveying your message as well as understanding messages that are coming in too. It can really impact confidence with communicating in social situations and speaking out to others.” Despite limitations, LEAP strives to better the communication skills of its participants through both one-on-one therapy with communication science and disorders graduate...

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