About Aphasia

See video of Aphasia Center members discussing how they are working to recover from their loss of verbal communication – a condition that affects more than 1 million Americans.

What is aphasia?

  • A language disorder
  • Caused by damage to the brain – usually from a stroke or a brain injury
  • Can affect speaking, listening, reading, and writing
  • Each person with aphasia is unique and has different strengths and weaknesses
  • In addition to language changes, cognitive abilities such as attention, memory, organization, and planning may be affected


What aphasia is not:

  • Aphasia is NOT a GENERAL intellectual impairment
  • Aphasia is NOT slurred speech (this is called dysarthria)


What is language?

  • Your “dictionary” of words
  • Rules to combine words
  • Located in your brain


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