Recognizing Aphasia In EMS

pixtures_reloaded_logoThis week we were joined by Ellayne S. Ganzfried, M.S., CCC-SLP who is a speech-language pathologist and the Executive Director of the National Aphasia Association. Fellow paramedic and long time subscriber to Avi Golden also joined us to share his story about how aphasia has affected him.

Many health professionals have heard of aphasia but often don’t have a good understanding of the disorder and how to communicate with a person with aphasia. EMTs and other health professionals are in fact more likely to encounter a person with aphasia than someone with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy. Unfortunately, because few health professionals are specifically trained to deal with people with aphasia, they may mistake the aphasia for mental illness, mental retardation, or other conditions. Misunderstandings may arise and efforts to help people with aphasia may be useless – or dangerous. The goal of this episode is to provide comprehensive information about aphasia along with practical communicative and intervention strategies.

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