VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
PIRATE: Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & Education
VA Pittsburgh’s Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment and Education (PIRATE) provides treatment to Veterans and active duty service members with aphasia. Aphasia is a language disorder resulting from brain damage and impairs one’s ability to understand, speak, read and write.
Treatment through PIRATE can help improve listening, speaking, reading or writing abilities and may include the use of communication technology.
PIRATE is offered several times throughout the year with a maximum of 6 sessions per year. Each PIRATE session is four weeks long, with therapy occurring during normal business hours on weekdays.
Family members also have the opportunity to participate in select educational and therapy sessions.
Learn more about the PIRATE philosophy of care.
Download the aphasia-friendly PIRATE homepage.
PIRATE is a clinical demonstration project of the VA Pittsburgh Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC).