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What is saying the same word so many times in Broca's Aphasia called?

If a Broca's aphasic says the same word so many times and he keeps repeating it, there is a certain word for it , does anybody know? .. For example you ask him a bout a picture of a car, and you want him to say car. He says car car car car...what is this called?
thnx guys so much.. I guess the word that i wanted is perseveration..

Not sure about Broca's, but in Tourette Disorder the repeating of words or sounds is called Echolalia.  (+ info)

What is the facial affect like in people with Broca's aphasia?

typically people with Broca's Aphasia are able to maintain "normal" affect. The facial expressions and intonations are intact, verbal output is limited and often described as "telegraphic".
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In Broca's aphasia, what percent of naming unfamiliar words would someone get wrong to be considered "severe"?

The term "severe" would have to be defined a little more because being unable to name/label words is the hallmark feature of ALL aphasia, not just Broca's aphasia. Typically we see that Broca's aphasics tend to run more towards a moderate-severe deficit in naming so you should find they these aphasics will always have trouble with naming as a rule. In Broca's we also expect to see rather halted and speech that requires a great deal of effort, or a non-fluent aphasic.

Their speech also tends to be more telegraphic, or just includes the most important words of the message they are trying to convey. Such as: "GO STORE". Their sytanx is very limited and they will omit the little words that provide more meaning, such as is, are, you, I, we, etc. So the above sentence "GO STORE" could mean "I want to go to the store" or "Will you go to the store", or even "Let's go to the store."

Lastly, we might see some paralysis on the right side of the body as well, depending on the nature of the damage.   (+ info)

Is there a form of Aphasia (after suffering a stroke) in which we lose the ability to take figurative thoughts?

Is there a type of Aphasia (after suffering a stroke) in which we lose the ability to take things figuratively? Is there such a thing as a type of Aphasia which causes us to take things literally due to damage to the part of the brain that helps us take things figuratively?

a version of associative aphasia.  (+ info)

Would a brain that has aphasia have a distinction on an MRI scan than a normal one?

I know that this is a condition that is usually diagnosed by assessing the patient's speech and language skills, but I dont know if it can be visually seen on a scan. Of course, a stroke can be detected by an mri but would it be sensitive enough to show different forms of aphasia like Brocas Aphasia, and Wernicke's aphasia?

Broca's area (located in the inferior frontal gyrus, involved in speech generation) and Wernicke's area (located in the superior temporal gyrus, involved in comprehension) are located several centimeters from one another. Standard MRI images have resolutions on the order of a few cubic millimeters -- more than adequate to detect a lesion in a specific brain region.

Remember, the MRI cannot "show the aphasia," it can only show where the damage is located. The presentation of a specific type of aphasia might give the clinician a reasonable guess where the lesion is located, which could be confirmed by MRI.

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What are some technology based products for people with Aphasia?

Im doing a research paper on Aphasia and need to evaluate some technology based products for Aphasia.

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How long should Aphasia last after a stroke?

My dad just had a stroke. He's 54, and he got to the hospital in less than 1 hour. It's now been 48 hours, and he's still in ICU. His left side of the brain was where got damaged. He can now move his left arm, two feet, but still not his right arm. They took the tubes out of his mouth today, but it seems like he has no desire to talk. When I tell him to do things, he'll do it, but he doesn't seem to understand it. Anyone had experiences with this? how long should this Aphasia last?

First of all, I am really sorry to hear that.

Strokes can leave permanent damage depending on how quick the stroke was addressed/treated at the hospital. Since he got to the hospital in less than one hour, that is REALLY good. Usually the damage becomes permanent after that 1 hour period.

Sometimes it can take a while, a matter of days usually, for the person to be completely better again after a stroke. You should start to see more recovery within the next couple of days.

Good luck to you and your dad, and your whole family :)

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How much would a speech ttherapist charge for treatment of Aphasia ?

I am having speech disorder and i am not able to speak well as i use to do earlier

How old are you? Depending on your age, there are services offered by the county. Kids are treated for free by the public school districts as well.  (+ info)

Can someone with language impairment or damage such as aphasia still be able to do math?

I heard of a case when someone who has had a brain injury literally has trouble form words/speak, but can still do math fine. Why would he have such trouble with language but not with patterns or math.

Because those functions are handled by different parts of the brain. Only the part of the brain that was impaired would be negatively affected.  (+ info)

What is the difference between Broca's area and Wernicke's area in the brain? In terms of function...?

I know they both have to do with speech, but what does each area do.... does Broca's control muscles and Wernicke's control understanding?

Broca's area deals with production of language and Wernicke's area deals with comprehension of language.  (+ info)

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