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PIRATE: Program for Intensive Residential Aphasia Treatment & Education

A female PIRATE participant writing the letter O on a whiteboard.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.

Please contact our team with questions or submit an application if you are interested in participating in PIRATE!

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).

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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.