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Understanding Aphasia

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RehabVisions

Written by Clark Dalton, SLP in Ephrata, Washington.

Aphasia is an acquired neurogenic language disorder that can affect spoken-language expression, spoken-language comprehension, written-language expression and reading comprehension. And if that sounds too convoluted, then you can boil it down to having problems with speaking, understanding, reading and writing.

While aphasia almost always involves word-finding deficits, that is only one of the four areas listed above. Because the brain is a complex collection of neural connections, aphasia rarely occurs in such isolation that it affects only one part of communication.
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Tell People About Your Therapy Services

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Stacy Ashley Murphy

Marketing can be challenging for therapists. They tend to (rightly so) focus more on the clinical execution of their skills and less on promoting them. But if therapists set aside a couple hours each month to focus on marketing the skills and programs in their departments, they’d see an uptick in their caseload.

So where do you start?  
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Road to Becoming a Therapist

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Brenda Kemling, PT

With May being the month for graduation, students everywhere are looking on to their next stage in life. We asked our hospital compliance manager, Brenda Kemling, PT, to tell us about her path to physical therapy. It’s not the typical one. Enjoy!

 

Throughout high school and upon entering college I could name hundreds of careers I didn’t want to pursue. I hadn’t yet had any life-altering moments or mentorships guiding me in the direction of becoming anything, let alone a physical therapist. My sports life was essentially injury-free, so no experience working with a therapist beyond knowing there was one around. My college freshman advisor told me we didn’t really need to talk, but I should just follow the university handbook. “That’s what will get you through to graduation.”

No help there! So how DID I get here?
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Better Hearing and Speech Month

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RehabVisions

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month (BHSM) and we’re encouraging all our speech pathologists to get involved in raising awareness about their services and the communication disorders they treat.

As part of the “Communications for All” 2018 theme, take advantage of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association resources for everyone from pediatrics to older adults and get your rehab departments
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The Broad Spectrum of Occupational Therapy

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Tracy Milius, OT

Last year occupational therapy celebrated 100 years, and in 2018 we look toward a new century of providing occupational therapy services. It’s remarkable to me how the profession has expanded. It can even seem overwhelming when exploring the broad spectrum of services and niche markets we serve.

Of course, we remain deeply entrenched in the delivery of services related to promoting independence throughout the life span. RehabVisions’ occupational therapists working in skilled nursing facilities and in rural practice focus on activities of daily living, home safety, and living safely and independently. But what else are we doing? Let’s explore the practice areas occupational therapists are delving into.
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