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Expert group meeting on aphasia: A report


1 Professor, Deaprtment of Neurology, M.G.M. Medical College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
2 Speech Language Pathologist, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
3 Scientist, Psyneuronics, Banglore, Karnataka, India
4 Professor, Deapartment of Clinical Neuropsychology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
5 Speech language Pathologist, Banglore, Karnataka, India
6 Scientist, TCS Research and Innovations, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
7 Professor, Speech Language Pathology, School of Allied Health sciences, Manipal, Karnataka, India
8 Research Officer, Clinical Neuropsychology, AIIMS, New Delhi, India
9 Professor, Neuro-Radiology, NIMHANS, Banglore, Karnataka, India
10 Professor, Neurologist, Director, ICCONS, Trichur, Kerala, India
11 Consultant, Neurology, Fortis Hospital, Vashi, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
12 Speech Language Pathology, AIIMS, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India
13 Consultant Neurologist, Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
14 Speech Language Pathologist, Director, Communication DEALL Trust, Banglore, Karnataka, India
15 Professor, Neurology, NIMHANS, Banglore, Karnataka, India
16 Professor, Speech Language Pathology, AIISH, Mysore, Karnataka, India
17 Assistant Professor, Speech Language Pathology, Bharti Vidyapeeth, Pune, India
18 Aphasia Research Center, Maryland, USA

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4, Ahilyapuri, Near Resident Area, Zoo Road, Indore, Madhya Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_330_18

A multidisciplinary team of experts took stock of the current state of affairs about many aspects of aphasia in India, including community burden, diagnostic assessment, therapy, rehabilitation, research, education, and advocacy. The broad spectrum of aphasiology was matched by the types of participants ranging from neurologists, speech-language pathologists, clinical psychologists, linguists, to experts in neuroimaging and computer sciences. Threadbare discussion in 16 sessions over 3 days leads to the identification of pressing problems and possible solutions. Many action plans have been envisaged and recommendations made. A few examples with high priority are community-based and hospital-based study incidence and prevalence of aphasia, development of test batteries for the assessment of many components of speech and communication in Indian languages which are validated on rigorous psychometric, and linguistic criteria, national registry for aphasia, educational modules about aphasia for different target groups, resources for advocacy and its training, a bank of research questions and outlines of research protocols for young professionals to pursue. The expert group will continue to oversee execution of some of the actionable plans in short and long term.


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