Tom, the father of 3 young children, had a stroke at age 38. He had thrown a blood clot from the edges of a hole in his heart that he had unknowingly had for his entire life. Tom almost died. He underwent a craniotomy to remove the blood clot. He developed seizures. He had some paralysis of his right arm and leg. And -- he could not speak because of aphasia and apraxia.
After graduating from the intensive care unit to a rehabilitation program, he was soon discharged. A therapist told him he probably would not talk again.
Four years and after many therapy sessions at Alternative Communication Therapies, Tom IS speaking -- often in complex sentences. His speech is halting, he makes mistakes, and he sometimes cannot think of the exact word that he wants. But he is continuing to make important gains in his speech and language skills every month. He is communicating with his family and friends. He is reading and using his iPad. And he is back to participating in life!