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Aphasia & Other Communication Disorders Task Force


Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from damage to the left-hemisphere of the brain. Aphasia most commonly occurs following a stroke and results in long-term disability of communication. Individuals with aphasia have difficulty speaking, reading, writing, and understanding spoken language, but are otherwise intelligent with preserved memory and attention systems. As such, aphasia is a frustrating disorder in which an individual is unable to express his or her thoughts fully and accurately or understand the thoughts of others.

Oftentimes individuals with aphasia have lingering medical needs following the stroke and/or physical and occupational impairments as a result of the stroke. Additionally, depression commonly occurs in individuals with aphasia. Therefore, individuals with aphasia are typically under the care of multiple health care professionals. However, not all healthcare professionals receive specific education or training on aphasia.



The goals of this task force are to increase aphasia education in the medical professionals that treat these individuals and support interdisciplinary research on the care of individuals with aphasia and other communication disorders. Specifically, this task force aims to improve the communication between rehabilitation professionals and their patient’s with communication disorders in order to improve the care and quality of life of these individuals.

To learn more and discover ways to participate, contact the task force co-chairs.



 Christina M. del Toro, PhD, CCC-SLP

Christina M. del Toro, PhD, CCC-SLP


Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology Program
Midwestern University

 Michelle Armour, MS, CCC-SLP

Michelle Armour, MS, CCC-SLP


Program Lead, Clinician Northwestern Medicine Aphasia Center
Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital

2019 GOALS


  • Membership increased from 8 people to 22 people
  • Development of a white paper
  • Two panel presentations at annual conference


  • Platform presentation at 2017 ACRM Conference
  • Virtual Happy Hour Presentation, September 2017
  • Recruited 10 members