Aphasia is an acquired loss of language abilities, which typically occurs after a stroke or other brain injury. Patients with aphasia retain their intellectual capacity, but are often unable to express it through words or understand the words of others. We are collaborating with speech-language pathologists from Dalhousie’s School of Human Communication Disorders who operate an intensive aphasia rehabilitation program called InteRACT. The rehab program involves 100+ hours of speech-language therapy over 4 weeks, along with physiotherapy, recreational therapy, and other community integration activities.
Our current research focuses on identifying the needs of people with aphasia, and development of at-home, technology-based treatments to supplement speech-language pathology services. This work has been funded by the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation.