Since my last post, we were able to secure a placement for Marc in the University of Michigans' Aphasia Program (UMAP) and have made the 17 hour road-trip to get here. We are already in the second week of treatment. Since our arrival at UMAP, Marc has undergone an extensive battery of assessments in an effort to create individualized therapy sessions that will maximize his recovery.
Marc has been diagnosed with Severe Wernicke's Aphasia, characterized by severe auditory comprehension deficits, moderate-severe verbal expression, moderate-severe acquired dysgraphia (an inability to write coherently) and moderate dyslexia.
The UMAP program consists of: Individualized sessions/group sessions/individual technology labs/music therapy- that will all implement research-based treatment approaches for aphasia.
- Marc is making significant progress in the short time we have been here. His main therapist said that Marc is progressing faster that anyone they have seen thus far.
- Marc's positive attitude, determination, strong work ethic, quick wit and care and concern for others has not changed.
- Recovery time for this type of aphasia is very long and slow and we still face many challenges along the way as well as the possibility of seizures.