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