National Aphasia Association
Adler Aphasia Center: Maywood and West Orange NJ · New Jersey Aphasia Specialists
Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain — most commonly from a stroke, particularly in older individuals. But brain injuries resulting in aphasia may also arise from head trauma, brain tumors, or infections.
Aphasia robs one of the ability to communicate, cutting people off from their family, friends, health care providers, and everyday life.
Aphasia can be so severe as to make communication with the patient almost impossible, or it can be very mild. It may affect mainly a single aspect of language use, such as the ability to retrieve the names of objects, or the ability to put words together into sentences, or the ability to read. More commonly, however, multiple aspects of communication are impaired, while some channels remain accessible for a limited exchange of information.
The Adler Aphasia Center provides a therapeutic environment of innovative programs that give people with aphasia and their caregivers ways to reconnect with life. Through life skills activities, the arts, literature, technology, cooking, nature, and fitnessm our programs help members stimulate communication skills, exercise cognitive skills, build self-esteem, and rebuild social connections.
Few Words, written by Bruce Kalter with help from Dave Nachmanoff, is a song about aphasia. The song was first presented to our members with aphasia at the Adler Aphasia Center. The official studio version of Few Words is now available on the CD Cast of Characters by the Dave-Bruce Alliance at Amazon and iTunes.