Research Tuesday: Assessing Lexical Diversity in Aphasia

Aphasia is a language disorder found in people with acquired brain injury due to stroke, disease, or trauma. One of the hallmarks of communication disorder in aphasia is a breakdown in the ability to find and use words. I treat people with aphasia (PwA) in my practice, and I recently sought to learn more about […]

AAC: There Is Gesture…

I think we all know someone who gestures with gusto when speaking. These passionate communicators would be hard pressed to express themselves at all if they could not flail away with their hands or arms to illustrate their point of view! When a person suffers a brain injury due to stroke, traumatic brain injury, etc., […]

AAC: Hands Just Speak To Me!

I love hands! I don’t know why or when I first realized it, but I do just love them! Two of my favorite memories are of the moments when I first met our two sons. Their tiny little hands fit perfectly in the palm of my own. I will always cherish these memories! They allow […]


One of my favorite cartoon characters from childhood (and beyond) is Yosemite Sam. Some days I really relate to Sam! He’s always in a hurry and impulsive, which ultimately leads to his classic “misfires.” Yosemite Sam is a great illustration of several cognitive deficits we group together as executive functions! He is disorganized, his thoughts […]

Plateau: Noun or Verb?

Plateau is one of those words that can serve as either a noun or a verb. The noun describes a flat, raised landmass found throughout the world, including spectacular vistas in the western USA. Visually pleasing, but I have no strong feeling one way or another about plateau as a noun outside the therapy arena. The trouble starts […]