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Foreign Accent Syndrome

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by Cresse M

(FAS)

 

Causes

FAS is caused by damage to the part of the brain that controls the rhythm and melody of speech. The damage may be due to:
FAS is also linked it to other symptoms, such as:
  • Aphasia —a communication disorder that can affect the ability to understand and express language
  • Speech apraxia —a speech disorder that affects the ability to make sounds, syllables, and words
 

Treatment

Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:
 

Prevention

Since FAS is closely linked to stroke, follow these guidelines to prevent stroke:
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Eat a healthful diet .
  • Quit smoking and limit how much alcohol you drink.
  • Maintain a healthy weight .
  • Check your blood pressure often.
  • Take a low dose of aspirin if your doctor says it is safe.
  • Keep chronic conditions under control.
  • Call 911 if you have symptoms of a stroke, even if symptoms stop.
  • Do not use drugs .
 

RESOURCES

Foreign Accent Syndrome Support
University of Texas at Dallas
http://www.utdallas.edu/research/FAS

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders
http://www.nidcd.nih.gov

 

CANADIAN RESOURCES

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca

Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists
http://www.caslpa.ca/

 

References


About FAS. Foreign Accent Syndrome (FAS) Support website. Available at: http://www.utdallas.edu/research/FAS/about/. Accessed May 21, 2013.


Garst D, Katz W. Foreign accent syndrome. ASHA Leader. 2006;11:10-11,31.


Miller N. Foreign accent syndrome. Not such a funny turn. Inter J Ther & Rehab. 2007;14:388.


Foreign accent syndrome. American Speech-Language-Hearing Association website. Available at: http://www.asha.org/Publications/leader/2006/060815/f060815c/. Updated August 2006. Accessed May 21, 2013.


Reeves, R, Burke R, Parker, J. Characteristics of psychotic patients with foreign accent syndrome. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2007;19:70-76.

 

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