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TomBroussard, December 14,  2020  10:58am EST

Aphasia Decoupage; applying one coat of learning at a time

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We have moved back to Brunswick, ME up from St. Augustine, FL seeing many of our kids and grandkids! This is a new article about aphasia and decoupage.

Decoupage is the art of cutting and gluing paper cutouts onto various items (small boxes, wooden handbags, furniture) in combination with paint and other decorative elements. As each of the cutouts are laid down, each layer is sealed with multiple coats of varnish.

After the varnishes dry, the surface is sanded before the next varnish is applied. It often takes 30 to 40 layers of varnish and sanding for the "stuck on" appearance of the papers to disappear and begin to look like painting or inlay work with a polished finish.

As a child, I especially liked the process of “painting & sanding” over and over again. My mother had a variety of sanding papers to roughen the surface of each coat of the varnish.

The repetitive process provided me with an understanding of incremental change (at the microscopic level) without yet knowing the language of learning and consolidation that came with it after my stroke.

Language improvement from aphasia and other brain diseases and disorders appear to use a similar process by applying various language activities (reading, writing and speaking) with repetition and intensity, encoding newly bonded learning in the same way as decoupage.

Aphasia decoupage applies learning, one coat at a time.

Please watch this video and the associated article.




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