Megan Sutton, center, daughter of Kay (left) and Sheridan Rotarian Fred (right) Sturdevant was the guest speaker at the club’s Tuesday meeting.  Photo courtesy of Sheridan Rotary.
Megan Sutton, center, daughter of Kay (left) and Sheridan Rotarian Fred (right) Sturdevant was the guest speaker at the club’s Tuesday meeting. Photo courtesy of Sheridan Rotary.

Do you know what APHASIA is? It is the loss or impairment of the ability to use or comprehend words. It is quite common among stroke victims and can also occur with other types of brain traumas. This devastating condition is the 3rd largest cause of death among the elderly and each year nearly 800,000 people in this country suffer a stroke.

This past week Sheridan Rotarians had a program about aphasia from a real expert in the field. Rotarian Fred Sturdevant’s daughter Megan Sutton was our guest speaker. Megan is a speech pathologist with extensive experience working with stroke victims. She works to help these afflicted individuals regain their use of speech through a variety of methods learned over the years. A new approach pioneered by Megan and her colleagues in her home town of Vancouver, BC uses a series of computer apps (tactustherapy.com) to reinforce the hands-on therapy she gives her patients. Megan is also a co-contributor on a new book ("Healing the Broken Brain" – available on Amazon) about aphasia therapy. At the present time she is preparing to travel extensively across America and Europe promoting her new book and her computer applications for stroke recovery.

Our program Tuesday evening will feature Sheridan Schools Superintendent Dr. Dave Mundy who will talk about the upcoming school referendum.