Treatment of Aphasia

Alli Cook is a senior in the Communication Disorders program at Marshall University. Alli is doing an independent study in the area of aphasia, an acquired language disorder in adults following a stroke, traumatic brain injury (TBI), or other type injury that has occurred to the brain. She is studying the importance of the treatment of aphasia and how neuroplasticity of the brain plays a vital role in patients’ recovery.  She has examined several areas of this subject including the fundamental fact that (1) patients do recover with treatment, (2) the timing of treatment is crucial, (3) the intensity of treatment is crucial, and (4) generalization is important. Allie continues to investigate different types of treatment for aphasia and how each one is beneficial to the recovery of this acquired language disorder.