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Speechless available via the Wellcome Trust website, is a documentary that tells the stories of two men, Junior Agogo and Barry, who can no longer use speech after suffering strokes. Much of the film is made in the Neurorehabilitation Unit of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London's Queen Square.


Welcome to Joanne Chitty

Jo Chitty

The Trustees are very pleased to announce the appointment of Joanne Chitty as the new administrator for The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia. “I am looking forward to being part of the TTA team and working on so many different projects”, Jo.

As well as working for the TTA, Jo also works part time as a support practitioner for a local children’s speech and language practice. “This is an exciting appointment. Having worked with speech and language therapists, Joanne is ideally suited to help take us forward’, Henrietta Bedford.


Very Early Rehabilitation in Speech: An RCT of aphasia therapy after stroke (VERSE), Edith Cowan University, Australia


The Trustees of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia are pleased to announce that they are part funding the Very Early Rehabilitation in Speech: An RCT of aphasia therapy after stroke (VERSE) research project at Edith Cowan University (ECU) in Australia. Over the next two years, this grant will support valuable research investigating the effect of early intensive aphasia therapy in the first six months following stroke.

Aphasia, a difficulty comprehending and expressing language affects more than 30 per cent of people who suffer a stroke.

Previous, smaller studies completed at ECU have shown that patients who received daily aphasia therapy as soon as possible following their stroke experienced less communication difficulties than those who received traditional treatment, which is usually provided at a much lesser intensity.

The research team, led by Associate Professor Erin Godecke, believe that the first 90 days post stroke represent a “window of opportunity” for neural changes to occur in the brain as part of neuroplasticity. Early therapy is thought to give people with aphasia a ‘head-start’ in recovery while the brain is open to natural healing processes. We used to think that aphasia therapy had to be done early, or the “window of opportunity” would close. There is also recent evidence showing that people with aphasia do very well in the chronic phase of recovery with intensive therapy. This should give hope to people with chronic post-stroke aphasia, and those who care for them, that significant gains can be achieved with intensive therapy years after stroke.

The VERSE study involves 246 participants from 16 sites across Australia and New Zealand. The study will provide vital information of international significance to the current evidence base for early aphasia recovery. VERSE will make the study resources available to clinicians and researchers around the world. This involves therapy training, therapy monitoring techniques and trial data. In doing this, the researchers hope to drive genuine and measurable clinical improvement in access to and quality of aphasia treatment for people after stroke.


Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists

Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists

The Trustees of the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia are delighted to announce a 3 year grant has been awarded to The Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists to fund the 2nd Phase of its development.

For a long time The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia has been aware of the importance of continually advancing standards of research within the aphasia world. We are thrilled to be funding the 2nd phase of CATs. We are particularly excited that this means that the Collaboration can expand its remit; which means it can include research relating to aphasia that is not only stroke related. It will also be able to include aphasia research from the United States and members of the Commonwealth, and beyond. We are excited to see how the next three years evolve for the Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists.

The Collaboration of Aphasia Trialists is an international, multidisciplinary network that currently comprises 150 members from across 26 countries. Established in 2013 with the support of the EU Cooperation in Science and Technology the membership includes experts in neurology, stroke rehabilitation, linguistics, neuropsychology, speech and language therapy, neuroscience, anthropology, audiology and statistics. Working in synergy across international boundaries, languages and disciplines this dynamic group support the development of high quality aphasia research which addresses the needs of people with aphasia, their families, health and social care providers and voluntary groups.

The 3 year grant provided by The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia will permit the early achievements of the Collaboration to be further developed, the network to extend its reach to members beyond the EU and in turn additional gains in aphasia research to be realised. With more emphasis on project work, grant development and capacity building alongside an even broader international reach, the second phase of the Collaboration will rely more on technology to support Collaboration communications. The Collaboration’s high quality interactive website ( will continue to support the activities of members.

“The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia funding offers us an exciting opportunity to further develop our multidisciplinary expertise in aphasia research and to develop an even broader international reach to undertake ambitious aphasia research activities. The new funding provided by the TTA will permit the early achievements of our research Collaboration to be further developed, the network to extend its reach to members beyond the EU and in turn additional gains in aphasia research to be realised.” Professor Marian Brady

For further information about the Collaboration please contact:

Twitter: @CATs_aphasia


The Trustees of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia [TTA] are pleased to announce that specially designed badges have been created for all recipients of The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia Student Prizes.

The Student Prizes are now awarded at all universities who teach speech and language therapy in the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Ireland. The Trustees would like to invite all past student prize winners to get in touch with the TTA, so that a badge can be mailed to you.

If you are a past winner, please could you get in touch with the TTA via email; please include a current postal address. We look forward to hearing from you.

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