AphasiaMar 06, 2023
Aphasia is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, write, and understand language. It affects approximately one million people in the United States, and is most commonly caused by stroke or brain injury. It can be a devastating condition, as it can cause a person to lose their ability to communicate with others.
Aphasia can manifest itself in different ways. It can cause a person to have difficulty producing words, difficulty understanding words, difficulty finding the right words, difficulty reading, difficulty writing, difficulty remembering words, difficulty with facial expressions, and difficulty with understanding the meaning of words. It can also affect a person’s ability to communicate their thoughts and feelings.
The most common form of aphasia is called Broca’s aphasia. It is characterized by difficulty in producing speech, and it is often caused by a stroke to the left-hemisphere of the brain. Another common type of aphasia is called Wernicke’s aphasia. It is characterized by difficulty in understanding language, and is usually caused by a stroke to the right-hemisphere of the brain.
The treatment for aphasia varies depending on the severity of the disorder and the cause. Speech-language therapy is used to help a person regain their ability to communicate. Other treatment options include medications, assistive devices, and alternative communication methods such as sign language or picture boards.
Aphasia can be a difficult disorder to deal with, but it is important to remember that a person’s ability to communicate is still possible. With the right support and treatment, a person with aphasia can still communicate their thoughts, feelings, and ideas. There are also many resources available to help those with aphasia, such as support groups, online resources, and programs designed to help people with aphasia communicate.
Aphasia is a serious neurological disorder, but with the right support and treatment, those affected can still live fulfilling lives. If you or someone you know is affected by aphasia, there are resources available to help.
Nancy Wariari, MHA, MS.CCC-SLP