It is hard to imagine not having words for anything at all. It is harder to imagine not having the language systems to give context and meanings to language and words. But, that is often what happens from traumatic brain injury, stroke and other physiological changes to the brain. It is part of it in many, many cases.
When looking for communicative devices and tools to help people with these difficulties, I noticed that most did not approach language as I did when trying to help myself recover from head injury’s effects. Almost all the tools on the market and suggested by neurology rehab groups were, (and still are), predicated on the assumption of basic language skills and systems within the brain being available to process them, context them and provide untold meaning to them. That doesn’t work in some basic sense when those circuits in the brain are damaged.
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