What is Aphasia? Part 1


Imagine waking up one morning to find that you’re speaking in a foreign language, and no one knows or understands you. You know exactly what you WANT to say, but the words aren’t coming out “right”. People are looking at you funny and can’t understand you. You feel frustrated and trapped inside your own brain. This is what it is like to live with aphasia.

Aphasia is a term used to describe difficulty coming up with words. It is usually the result of a stroke or other neurological condition that has damaged the language center in the brain. It can range from very mild, in which a person has fairly normal fluent speech with occasional word-finding difficulty, to very severe in which the person is completely non-verbal. Some people not only have difficulty talking, but they struggle to comprehend what others are saying to them.

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Aphasia looks different for each person. For example, one person’s speech might sound “wrong”. They may say “By need to gat some milky” when they meant to say “I need to get some milk. Other folks struggle to produce a fluent sentence. Their speech may come out slow and labored such as “I-I-I need…… t-to…..get……some…….milk.” Aphasia can also affect reading, writing, and spelling. It usually co-exists with other speech difficulties such as dysarthria or apraxia.

Stay tuned to learn what can be done to help someone with aphasia

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