A new book authored by Brooke Hallowell, PhD, Springfield College dean of the School of Health Sciences, is bringing important attention to aphasia, a little-known, but very common disorder. According to Hallowell, who is known globally as an expert in this condition, aphasia is a loss of language ability following a change in the brain. The most typical causes are stroke and brain injury. It is known as an “acquired disorder” because people are not born with it. Aphasia is most commonly found in adults
Hallowell’s book, Aphasia and Other Acquired Neurogenic Language Disorders: A Guide for Clinical Excellence (second edition), is about aphasia and other neurological conditions that affect communication in adults, such as special communication challenges associated with traumatic brain injury and various forms of dementia. The book is primarily for students and practicing clinicians in speech-language pathology and related disciplines. It also has content that is useful for family members and friends who want to know more about these conditions and what can be done about them.