What is APHASIA?
Aphasia is a language disorder. It can cause problems with how well a person speaks, understands, reads or writes. Any injury to the part of the brain that controls language can lead to aphasia. Aphasia is most often caused by stroke. However, any disease or damage to the parts of the brain that control language can cause aphasia. These include brain tumors, traumatic brain injury, and progressive neurological disorders.
Once the underlying cause is treated, the main treatment for aphasia is speech therapy.
Additionally, Individuals with aphasia may also have one or more of the following problems:
There are some general things others can do to make it easier to communicate with a person who has aphasia. They can allow the person with aphasia time to speak without interrupting. They may also ask simple questions to help understand what someone with aphasia is trying to say, use yes/no questions, repeat what was said, or try to say it differently. Another option is to draw a picture or write the word.
What can I do to communicate better with the person with aphasia?
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