Aphasia Case Studies – Real Results

Wondering if our intensive aphasia treatment program can help your family with aphasia? Read stories about our graduates to see what we can accomplish together. These are actually typical results. Each case below has been selected to provide a variety of aphasia types, time post-stroke, client ages, and program levels.

Meet Phil

Phil came to us at 8 months post-onset (after stroke) and stayed for a 6- week program. He and his lovely wife had been very frustrated with his therapy and with their inability to communicate with each other. Phil had been a very social person, and he could no longer participate in his favorite social activities because he had Wernicke’s aphasiaphil2

Phil spoke fluently, but only 2% of what he said made any sense. The rest was made-up words and sounds.

After his program, Phil’s speech was approximately 80% intelligible (understandable), he ordered independently at restaurants for him and his wife. He also relearned how to send and revise coherent emails, order pizza online, and use writing and other methods of communication to supplement speech breakdowns. His wife rated a gain of 33% in social communication.

Quote from his wife—“This program is honestly 100% the best thing that has happened to us since my husband’s stroke.”

See his case study at Client10 below.

Meet Susan

When Susan came to the facility, she was 21 years old. She’d had a severe flare-up of a rare form of  Multiple Sclerosis. She and her family raised money to attend our 6 week program.STA70020

As a college student, Susan desperately wanted to return to college to get a degree. She’d had to stop her volunteer work, and her social network had collapsed.

Her speech was halting and effortful, and she had problems finding words. She also needed help with writing phrases/sentences, and her reading was slow and effortful. These are important skills necessary for college success.

After the program, her writing progressed to 80% accuracy, and she completed a 5-page mock term paper independently.

Her reading really improved–she read books with 95% accuracy in half the time!

Her speech fluency  increased by 40% so that she could better express herself in less time. The best part–she did return to school the following year, completed her courses, went back to volunteer work and graduated!

Susan has an article in the MS Focus Magazine,read it here.

For another article about her journey, read Part 1 and Part 2.

Unlike weight-loss commercials, these are typical results. These cases were chosen to represent a variety of ages, time since brain injury, length of session, and type of aphasia.

Read more intensive aphasia therapy outcomes below:

Client Age Time Since Stroke Type of Aphasia Program
Client 1  33 6 months Broca’s Aphasia with apraxia 6 week
Client 2  71 1 month Global Aphasia with apraxia 6 week
Client 3  49 3 months Anomic Aphasia 4 week
Client 4  54 11 months Anomic Aphasia 6 weeks
Client 5  52 3 months Anomic Aphasia 6 weeks
Client 6  32 10 months Conduction Aphasia 6 weeks
Client 7  54 8 months Anomic Aphasia 4 weeks
Client 8  58 1.5 years Broca’s Aphasia severe apraxia 6 weeks
Client 9  47 14 years Broca’s Aphasia 8 weeks
Client 10  65 8 months Severe Wernicke’s Aphasia 6 weeks
Client 11  27 2.4 years Broca’s Aphasia with apraxia 4 weeks
Client 12  73 1.5 years Global Aphasia 6 weeks
Client 13  46 15 months Severe Broca’s Aphasia 8 weeks
Client 14  75 6 years Severe Broca’s Aphasia, tDCS treatment 6 weeks
Client 15  45 7 months Severe Broca’s Aphasia, tDCS treatment 6 weeks
Client 16  65 3 years Primary Progressive Aphasia, tDCS 4 weeks
Client 17  57 2.5 years Conduction Aphasia , tDCS 6 weeks
Client 18  66 10 months Severe Wernicke’s Aphasia 4 weeks
Client 19  45 14 months  Severe Global Aphasia, tDCS 8 weeks