June is National Aphasia Awareness month. Recently the National Aphasia Association put forth a challenge in honor of this month to those of us who do not suffer from aphasia. The challenge is simple, to “stand silently” with those affected by aphasia. How? Remain silent for ONE HOUR sometime during the month of June. You may not use language for one hour. Hand gestures, nodding your head and pointing are ok, just no spoken words. Challenge yourself to do it at a time when you would normally be interacting with others. See how others interact with you and how isolating this disorder can be. So I challenge you to stand silently in honor of those affected by aphasia.
About the author
Kim Robbins is a Speech-Language Pathologist that has been providing face-to-face aphasia therapy to stroke survivors and brain injury victims for over 17 years. She has a strong passion for working with these individuals, and her personal mission is to make their road to recovery easier.
She personally developed the Communication Partner therapy DVDs to help make speech therapy more accessible and affordable for stroke survivors.