Thank you for publishing “The ABCs of Aphasia” in the June/July 2011 issue. Due to epilepsy, I underwent surgical removal of portions of my left temporal lobe/amygdala/hippocampus in 2001 and lost access to most of my vocabulary. This was, of course, very disturbing; I was a former journalism major reduced to pointing and miming to communicate.
Fortunately, my intake was not damaged—only my output. I had no difficulty understanding language—spoken or written. I underwent speech therapy for a few months with moderate improvement.
Eventually I stumbled upon a “therapy”: reading (to myself) out loud. I quickly regained much of my speech. I still have difficulty accessing names, and if I'm tired I'll have trouble with nouns, but I can usually make myself understood even under those circumstances.
Perhaps other readers can also use this as a complement to their current treatment(s) for aphasia. Even now I occasionally read my newspaper out loud as practice.