NIU clinic offering free aphasia treatment group

NIU’s Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is offering free aphasia treatment for people affected by the disorder. According to the National Aphasia Association, aphasia affects over two million Americans. It is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech, and the ability to read or write.

Aphasia can affect a person’s ability to speak and understand others but does not affect intelligence. The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association says it is most often caused by stroke. However, any disease or damage to the parts of the brain that control language can cause aphasia. These include brain tumors, traumatic brain injury and progressive neurological disorders.

Times and dates for the free 10-12 week treatment course will be determined based on participants’ availability. If you, or someone you know, are interested in participating in this group treatment, contact Emily Palmer, M.A., C.C.C.-S.L.P., at epalmer3@niu.edu or call 815-753-6524 for details. The NIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is located at 3100 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, IL.

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