Broca’s Aphasia (Non-Fluent Aphasia)
Megan: Can you tell us your name? Mike: I’m Mike Caputo. Megan: And Mike, when was your stroke? Mike: I was um, seven years ago. Megan: And what did you used to do? Mike: Um, well, um, worked, um, Autodesk. Um. Seven, seven, (cued “s”) Sales. Sales. Worldwide. And very good, yeah. Megan: And who are you looking at over there? When you turn your head? Mike: That’s my wife. Megan: Okay, and why is she helping you to
talk? Mike: Um, she’s…Speech. Um. Megan: So you have trouble with your speech? Mike: Yeah. Megan: What’s that called? Mike: Aphasia. Megan: And so why don’t you work now? Mike: Um, I, I, well I do! Megan: What do you do now? Mike: Voices of Hope Aphasia. Megan: What is Voices of Hope? Mike: Um, Peterburg, um Peterberg.
(St. Petersburg, Florida) Um, and um, Dr Hinckley
and um, and um, myself, um, founder. Founder for me. And um, I, I um, members, um, members,
um, the, the uh, members, probably seven-, six zero people. Megan: So 60 people are part of Voices of
Hope, which is an aphasia support group that you founded, and Dr. Jackie Hinckley is part
of that. Mike: Yes. Megan: Okay. Great. [Wife: It’s not a support group.] Mike: No, it’s programs. It’s it’s, um, three month, three
days. Um, um, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. And the, the um, and they laugh, and and talked,
and um, music, hear this this beautiful, it’s… Megan: Great. Can you tell me, what does it feel like to
have aphasia? Mike: Um it’s, it’s hard, it’s um, well it’s
um, speech, it’s like, um, words that don’t understand. Brain is good, you know, um, but it’s um,
speech like um, I don’t know, it’s like um, words, yuk! [laughs] Megan: Alright, thank you so much. Bye-bye.