Since June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, it only seemed fitting to share Public Health Minute’s segment on “Aphasia” recorded by Dr. Mira Goral, who is a professor in Lehman College’s Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences.
Aphasia is a communication disorder caused by damage to the brain in which individuals may have difficulties in speaking, listening, reading, and writing; however, there is no effect on a person’s intelligence. For most people aphasia is the result of a stroke and can be an extremely limiting factor to their recovery. Without the ability to communicate individuals may become depressed and despondent. Research into how speech-language pathologists (SLP) can best provide therapy to those with aphasia is extremely important for the more than 1 million individuals in the US who have aphasia(http://www.asha.org/public/speech/disorders/Aphasia/#common).
Here at Lehman College in the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences (http://www.lehman.edu/academics/health-human-services-nursing/speech-language-hearing-sciences/index.php) in the School of Health Sciences, Human Services and Nursing. Our expert faculty conducts research in this and many other areas of language, speech, and hearing research. We provide training to both undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in becoming SLPs and researchers in the field.
Listen below to Public Health Minute’s segment on “Aphasia.”