Have you ever thought about how interesting language is?
Well if you’re like me, you have definitely thought about it.
A video by Neuro Transmissions gives a brief walk through on the basics of language in humans. The video starts by discussing how language is universal and unique to all humans and that babies learn language only by being exposed to it in their environment. If you think about it, that’s actually pretty cool! Now, you might be wondering about those who are hearing impaired; those with hearing issues actually learn language (sign) the same way as those who are hearing do. Through their environment! If they are in a household that signs they will pick up sign just as quickly as a child in a hearing family would learn to speak. Children who are hearing impaired but are in a hearing family may also begin to create their own “home” signs if not formally taught sign language.
You may be wondering, what about those that have brain damage? Well, this video gives a good foundation in talking about two different kinds of aphasias. When there is damage to the Broca’s area, the individual is able to understand the language happening around them; however they are unable to communicate their thoughts. Otherwise known as Expressive Aphasia. On the other hand, when there is damage to the Wernicke’s the individual has difficulty understanding language but no problem producing it. This is also known as Fluent Aphasia. I found this video interesting because a few years ago I began to follow a couple on Instagram, who were going through a journey of recovery from an auto accident. Jonny Grant suffered severe brain trauma and was left unable to speak or walk. Jonny’s wife, Laura, and a team of speech pathologists worked intensely with Jonny in order to regain the ability to speak. Through documenting Jonny’s journey on Instagram it was clear that he knew what people were saying, but he was unable to get the words out.
This video was exciting to watch because I was able to make a connection in my personal life about people that I have invested in following.
If you want to check out Jonny’s progress their Instagram is @laurabpilates
Let me know what you guys think!