Frequently Asked Questions
Below is a list of common questions we get about our DVD program. If you can't find the answer to your question, please don't hesitate to give us a call at 888-204-6020 or send us an email.
- What is aphasia?
- Who can benefit from these DVDs?
- Will these DVDs conflict with my current speech therapy?
- Which therapy level is right for me?
- How often should these DVDs be watched?
- What are the advantages of your DVD programs versus computerized therapy programs?
- Will the DVDs work on a computer or portable DVD player?
- My parent had a stroke two years ago. Can they still benefit from these programs?
- I'm still not sure if my loved one is a candidate for these videos. How can I be sure?
- Do you have your DVDs in Spanish or any other languages?
- Do you ship orders outside of the United States?
- When can I expect to receive the DVDs once I order?
What is aphasia?
As defined by the National Aphasia Association, aphasia is “an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write”. Some individuals with aphasia have deficits with expressive aphasia (what is said) and others with receptive language (what is understood). In some cases, both expressive language and receptive language are significantly impaired. The severity of expressive aphasia can range from a person with severe aphasia having difficulty expressing single words to someone with mild aphasia being able to carry on a conversation with only occasional word finding problems.
Who can benefit from these DVDs?
Created by a speech-language pathologist, these DVDs were designed to help individuals with expressive aphasia as a result of a stroke or other acquired brain injury such as a brain tumor, trauma, or infection. An individual with expressive aphasia has difficulty getting his words out but otherwise, cognition is intact.
Will these DVDs conflict with my current speech therapy?
Absolutely not. Research shows the more stimulation for brain recovery, the better. These programs can be viewed as “homework” for individuals on their days off from therapy to help them carry their progress from one session to the next. These DVDs incorporate therapy techniques used in actual speech therapy sessions.
Which therapy level is right for me?
Level one DVDs are designed for people who have difficulty saying single words, such as naming objects or calling someone’s name. Level two focuses on putting words together into short phrases (ex. “washing his hands”). Level three is the highest level allowing the viewer to respond with complete sentences. View our samples of each level on the “Our Samples” page of this website.
How often should these DVDs be watched?
There is no set frequency for watching the programs, as each individual’s needs are different. However, for optimal results, we recommend viewing them at least 3-5 times per week. For example, if you are receiving speech therapy services three times a week, view the DVDs on the days between sessions. If you are not receiving any outside speech therapy, it may be more beneficial to watch them five days a week.
What are the advantages of your DVD programs versus computerized therapy programs?
Brain injuries that result in aphasia occur in the left side of the brain. This has an adverse effect on the right side of the body, which creates motor skill challenges for right handed people. Although some computer programs are available for aphasia, most patients need something less physically demanding than using a mouse and keyboard. The ease and simplicity of these DVDs answer this need. With a DVD, minimal assistance is required of the patient or caregiver. Just put it in a player and push play. Our programs provide countless therapy sessions, and the DVDs are very portable. We have also found that many older people do not own or may not be comfortable with a computer, which also limits their options.
Will the DVDs work on a computer or portable DVD player?
Yes. The DVDs have been formatted to work on most computers as well as portable players. If you prefer to view the DVDs on a computer, they should work fine unless the device being used is too old (about 10+ years) to accept the technology.
My parent had a stroke two years ago. Can they still benefit from these programs?
Although researchers used to believe that progress was made only within the first year after a brain injury, research is now showing that recovery can still continue several years post injury. Our DVDs provide stimulation that can be beneficial to an individual with aphasia at the two-year mark or beyond.
I'm still not sure if my loved one is a candidate for these videos. How can I be sure?
You can contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call toll-free at 888-204-6020 to inquire about your specific case. A licensed speech-language pathologist will answer your questions and help you decide if your loved one could benefit from these videos. We also offer a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee. If you find that these programs are not right for you, simply let us know and we’ll issue a refund.
Do you have your DVDs in Spanish or any other languages?
No. At this time, our therapy DVDs are only available in English.
Do you ship orders outside of the United States?
Yes, we ship all over the world. Additional shipping charges apply depending on the destination. We ship via the US Postal Service, and there is no additional charge for shipping to Canada or Mexico.
When can I expect to receive the DVDs once I order?
Most orders are shipped out the next day. Orders received within the United States will take 5-7 days. International orders can take up to 2-3 weeks.