Unlocking the Ability to Speak

Regaining the ability to speak can change a life profoundly.

Thanks to a generous contribution from Superior Ambulance Service, a new Aphasia Center at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, part of Northwestern Medicine, is helping patients regain their ability to speak. Aphasia is a communication disorder that results from damage to parts of the brain that control language. Stroke, traumatic head injury, gunshot wounds, brain tumors, brain infections and other conditions can cause affected individuals to have difficulty formulating words and verbally expressing themselves.

The Aphasia Center is designed for anyone who is experiencing aphasia and would like to improve his or her communication skills. Led by a speech-language pathologist with expertise in language disorders, small group sessions provide a comfortable and supportive environment for participants to practice their skills through real-life activities.

A true asset to Marianjoy, Northwestern Medicine and the broader community, the Aphasia Center is providing communication and language enhancement services to patients, along with advanced expertise, state-of-the-art technology and access to research opportunities.

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