Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Recognition for lifelong contribution to the field of aphasia

Pam Enderby
Professor Pam Enderby
Professor Pam Enderby has been honoured with a prestigious award for her significant contribution in the field of aphasia.

The Robin Tavistock Award was presented to Professor Enderby by the Tavistock Trust for Aphasia, at a special awards ceremony in London last week. Aphasia is a communication disability which affects 250,000 in the UK. People with the condition can find it hard to speak, read, write, and understand language and the use of numbers.

In the 1980s Professor Enderby published the Frenchay Aphasia Screening Test, which is still in use today across hundreds of clinics nationally and internationally. This enabled practical ways of identifying who has aphasia, making it possible to diagnose and refer for treatment.

Throughout her career, Professor Enderby has championed the importance and need for intensive therapy. She was also at the forefront of exploring how new technologies could be used to aid aphasia therapy. It was her pioneering spirit that established the Speech and Language Therapy Research Unit at Frenchay Hospital, which is still flourishing, 25 years on.

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