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The BYU Aphasia and Speech Learning (BASL) Lab is comprised of a team of researchers and students who are committed to improving the lives of adults with aphasia, neurological communication disorders, and other speech difficulties through research, community service, and sharing of resources.

What Is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a language impairment that results from damage to the brain. Stroke is the leading cause of aphasia, but aphasia may also be the result of traumatic brain injury (TBI), neurological disease, seizure, brain tumor, or infection. The most common symptom of aphasia is difficulty finding or retrieving words, but any and all areas of language (speaking, listening, reading, writing) may be affected to varying degrees.

How Can You Help?

Everyone can help! We need adults with aphasia to register to be contacted for current and future research. We also need adults without aphasia to register to be contacted about participation in studies that require a control group. If you join the registry, we will provide you information about new studies as they arise. You will not be required to participate in any study, but will simply be provided with information about the study so that you can decide whether or not you would like to participate. Registering helps researchers find people to participate in research projects to increase our understanding of aphasia and how to improve its assessment and treatment. Registering also helps you connect to research projects and news that may benefit you and your family.

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Currently Enrolling

  • Distractions and Language Study

Community Opportunities

  • BYU Aphasia Choir
  • Stroke and Brain Injury Support Group
  • Utah Valley Stroke Association