United States Department of Veterans Affairs

VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System

PIRATE: Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & Education

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Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from brain damage – most often from a left-hemisphere stroke – that impairs communication. This can range from mild word-finding difficulty to a complete inability to speak, understand, read or write. Cognitive abilities in other areas remain relatively well preserved.

A speech-language pathologist works with a PIRATE participant.

Aphasia can affect psychosocial adjustment, the ability to function independently in society and vocational opportunities.

While individuals with aphasia typically experience significant physiological recovery in the first six months after onset, many continue to have significant long-term communication problems.

IMPORTANT NOTE: PIRATE is now using NEW community-based residential facilities. These new facilities have impacted PIRATE admission criteria and the level of involvement caregivers can have in our program. Information about these facilities and the recent changes to our program can be found throughout the website. If you have additional questions about changes to our program, please contact a member of the PIRATE team!



Graphic icon of a desk calendar.Therapy Session Schedule

We are now accepting applications for 2015.

Graphic icon of speech bubbles.What our clients
are saying:

Graphic icon of a TV screen.Living with Aphasia

View a short video of three past PIRATE participants.

PIRATE is a clinical demonstration project of the
VA Pittsburgh Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).

Research Opportunity
As a PIRATE participant, you may be eligible to participate in a VA-sponsored research study examining the outcomes of intensive aphasia treatment. For more information, just ask a PIRATE clinician.