Aphasia is the loss of language or communication skills as the result of a brain injury or disease. Depending on the location and extent of brain damage, patients may experience anything from trouble writing or speaking to complete speech loss.
The Evidence-Based Aphasia Clinic (EBAC) is a specialty clinic for the evaluation and treatment of patients who experience aphasia after stroke or other neurological conditions. The clinic is a joint outpatient program of the Department of Neurology at Washington University School of Medicine, and the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis.
Restoring Language, Restoring Hope
The program uses language treatment techniques that are clinically proven to work. Care covers the treatment of verbal expression, comprehension, reading and writing.
Treatment is based on an assessment of clinical progress by a third party who doesn’t know which therapeutic treatment techniques are being used. Weekly multidisciplinary staff meetings address patient progress. The clinic’s therapeutic team includes a behavioral neurologist, a clinical neuropsychologist, speech-language pathologists, among others.
For a referral to a Washington University neurologist or neurosurgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call