- Our Huge Question:
How can we solve aphasia among bilingual/multilingual speakers? The current solution is speech therapy, but research has proved that only 14-33% of aphasia patients are cured with this solution.
Currently, it is said that over 2million people suffer from aphasia, and this number is only in the United States. Also based on the fact that more than half of the world's population is a bilingual, this problem is both huge and relevant to many people globally.
2. Our Failures
We have realized that in order to start dealing with the problem, we first need to figure out the causes for aphasia -which is a hard problem considering how many causes there are, and how damage on different parts of the brain can all lead to aphasia.
One of our ideas was to create a cure for aphasia itself, monolingual or bilingual. However, this seemed too huge of a problem, and therefore we narrowed it down to bilinguals to start off with.
After that, we also considered figuring out a way to avoid aphasia in the first place. However, this was also too huge, considering the fact that some accidents can not be avoided, and this is a problem related to strokes more than aphasia.
Therefore, our team came down to the conclusion that it may be more practical to think about the biological/medical solution for aphasia among bilinguals.