Aphasia - without speech, caused by brain injury, stroke, or birth defect affects 1 of 250 Americans.
Aphasia's wordlessness is bewildering not only to the victims, but also to those who interact with them. The victims cannot speak and those most needed to support them cannot comprehend them. Each group finds itself in an awkward, uncomfortable communicative vacuum that too often leaves the victims feeling ignored and abandoned. Few helpers are prepared for this sense of discomfiture when serving them. They would feel more at ease and have more empathy had they been aphasic. But that should not be anyone's fate.
"Where does learning go when it can't go where it's been?"
It does by Crossing the Void to the other side of the brain. It goes from the brain's left side "speech" center to the right side "reading" center, or to the phonics and reading center by means of neuroplasticity (the brain's ability to change).
The author shares, "I need to see the written word, as a word picture in my mind, to be able to retrieve the word phonetically to turn it into speech. Letters not only represent sounds, but they initiate the sounds I produce. If speech can be symbolized in imagery, why not then vice versa?
Reading aloud is speech.
Crossing the Void invites you to look into aphasia without experiencing it yourself.
As can only be told by one who has been there, the author describes each stage of her aphasia, and the painstaking process that led from her wordlessness to writing this book.
Her book provides valuable insights to professionals, family, friends who interact with them and the public who wonder about them.
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