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Welcome to Aphasia NYC!

Attention!

Due to Coronavirus COVID-19 precautions,
all aphasia groups are canceled until further notice.
For information about our online meetings with Zoom, or to set up phone partners, contact Carlota Schoolman, IAM Executive Director
carlotaiamaphasia@gmail.com or call her at 917 532-7936.

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See Locations for more information about aphasia group locations in New York City.

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We are here to provide you with information about

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What Is Aphasia?

Aphasia is difficulty with one or more of the following

  • Talking
  • Understanding language
  • Reading
  • Writing

Resulting from

  • Stroke
  • Aneurysm
  • Head injury
  • Brain tumor
  • Other neurological conditions

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What Is An Aphasia Co-Survivor?

Communication always involves more than one person. When someone has aphasia, everyone around them is affected. A co-survivor is a significant other, family member, friend, colleague or care giver whose life is also affected by the survivor’s aphasia.

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How Long Can You Continue To Recover From Aphasia?

The short answer is – you can always keep improving, as long as you keep trying.

There are three stages of healing from brain injury

  1. There is some quick recovery after the initial shock and inflammation pass.
  2. There is healing of nerve cells that were affected, but not killed, by the injury. This can take several months.
  3. The brain can reorganize and relearn new ways to accomplish tasks. This learning and improvement can continue for as long as you keep working on it.

Even if you have not had therapy or worked on your speech for several years, you can still make progress when you start working on it again. In our groups, we see people make progress who had their stroke ten or more years ago.