The Workbook for Aphasia, Exercises for the Redevelopment of Higher Level Language Functioning, 3rd Edition was written by Susan Howell Brubaker, M.S., CCC-SP, Speech and Language Pathology at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan.
The National Aphasia Association defines Aphasia as “an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to an injury to the brain, most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals.”
Of course, it’s not that simple. They go on to further define the different varieties and types of aphasia, and there are several. To get an overall understanding you really should visit their website: https://www.aphasia.org/aphasia-definitions/
I have a mild form called Anomic Aphasia. I can understand speech just fine and have an extensive vocabulary. I can read without any problems. I just have difficulty finding the words when I want them. I’m talking about simple words. It’s as if I go to the filing cabinet in my brain that contains the word I want to use and the file is misplaced. I’m certain that I know the word, I just can’t make it come out my mouth.
That’s why I invested in this 360-page workbook, even though it’s really intended for use with the guidance of a professional speech and language pathologist. This is not a textbook, it’s a workbook full of practical exercises to help you work on your speech deficits. The exercises aren’t terribly difficult and seemed to be no more difficult than the secondary school education level, but they will force you to activate your brain in the areas that govern speech and language.
I used to make my living as a consultant to Fortune 500 company. Speech and language were my most important tools. I lost that ability with the strokes. Will I get my ability back? Who knows? I intend to try, and this workbook is now one of the tools in my toolbox.
Incidentally, Amazon sells this book in a ring-bound format for $76.50. I paid $99.00 for a version with a plastic comb-style format shown in my photo. When I went back to Amazon today, the plastic comb-style format was sold out, unless you want to pay $186.00 through third-party sellers. No thanks. The content is the same. Get the ring-bound format if you can’t wait for the plastic-comb format I bought.
Workbook for Aphasia: Exercises for the Development of Higher Level Language Functioning, by Susan Howell Brubaker, 3rd Edition, $76.50 (Ring-Bound Format) on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2wwRhOn