Pat Theisen

The richness of human language is a fine-tuned compromise between the needs of the speaker and the listener. Just slight imbalances of these demands prevent the exchange of complex information.

People who have aphasia tend to be self-conscious and withdraw from commingling behavior. Remember, aphasia is a problem and not who you are. Problems can be resolved, but identifying with the problem makes correction difficult.

Speech involves the throat, several parts of the brain (any part of which could be damaged in trauma) and the ability to express ourselves creatively. When certain areas of the brain are traumatized, relearning to use existing areas to compensate may be necessary.

When we first learned to speak, it was done developmentally and confidence was acquired as successful communication took place. Speech and language was always functional and learned motorically.

As a child manipulates and combines real objects, he learns to manipulate and combine verbal behavior. A progressive commingling of speech with many objects, people and real life situations encountered are the main aspects in a life with social communication. This communication requires increased influence of an environment which combines action, thought and language.

The Perceptual Enrichment Program offers these manipulative activities for relearning and combines action, thought and language.

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