What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a language impairment that results from damage to the brain.  Aphasia affects the production and comprehension of speech and language as well as the ability to read or write. Aphasia is most often caused by stroke however, any disease or damage to the parts of the brain that control language can cause aphasia.  Aphasia does NOT affect a person’s intelligence.

According to the National Aphasia Association, one million Americans –or 1 in 250 people – are affected by Aphasia and more than 200,000 Americans acquire the disorder each year.

There are several ways that aphasia can affect language and communication abilities. Also, aphasia can be mild or more severe.  While there maybe differences in the  types of language difficulty experienced by individuals with aphasia,    the common difficulty is communication.  Check the links below for more information about aphasia.

www.aphasia.com

www.asha.org

www.strokeassociation.org

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