Aphasia is a disorder usually resulting from brain damage. The part of the brain responsible for language, which typically lies in the left part of the brain, may be injured after a stroke or brain injury, leaving the patient unable to speak. Maia C. King, an Upper East Side aphasia specialist, has created a speech therapy aphasia group for people affected with this condition.
Aphasia can cause difficulty with speaking, reading, listening and writing. It does not affect the sufferer’s intelligence, but does usually affect their ability to name objects, known as anomia. It usually is conjoined with other communication disorders, such as dysarthria, a motor speech disorder, or dysphiagia, which is a swallowing disorder. Our Upper East Side specialist is experienced in these and other aphasia related disorders. She advocates and educates on the subject, lecturing at events such as the National Stroke Consortium, and conducting workshops for children and adults. Her approach to working with individuals who are affected with aphasia is both strategic and affective. Her aphasia group is designed for those who are recovering from a neurological disorder such as stroke that want to help supplement their communication skills. The group focuses on communication strategies, conversational speech, activities that help with word retrieval, memory, concentration and attention. The group setting is supportive and runs for 30 minutes.
Ms. King is a speech-language pathologist and is trained in assessing, diagnosing and treating speech and language issues, as well as social communication and voice disorders. It is the job of the speech-language pathologist to help educate the public on these and other speech-language issues. Our Upper East Side aphasia specialist covers medically induced speech and language disorders in educational settings and to help enhance communication strategies for businesses and corporations. Speech-language pathologists help patients to communicate better, to eliminate their frustration, and to feel more self-confident in their communication skills. Ms. King has spent many years working with people of all ages, from infants to the elderly, and she is accredited with the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, the National Aphasia Association and the National Stroke Association. She has written for publications and is a skilled lecturer.