Aphasia Impacts Communication, Identities & Social Relationships
Aphasia is a language disorder that results from damage to the brain’s networks responsible for language. It affects an individual’s ability to understand and use language in any modality whether through writing, speech, reading and signing. At APG, we learn about aphasia, the impact of aphasia and the various ways of reducing communication barriers to enhance full participation.
Provide Help and Support to People with Aphasia
Raise Awareness And Improve the Quality of Life
How Can We Help
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What causes Aphasia?
Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia. However, aphasia can be caused by a brain tumor, an infection such as encephalitis or meningitis, or a traumatic brain injury such as an accident, which damages the language networks of the brain. It can also be as a result of a progressive disease such as Alzheimers. There are progressive forms of aphasia such as primary progressive aphasia(PPA). With PPA, there is the gradual decline in speech and or language and since it is a neurodegenerative or progressive disease, there is gradual brain cell degeneration that cannot be attributed to other causes such as a stroke, infection etc. Essentially, they mirror the stroke aphasias. There is also apraxia of speech (AoS), which can often be the major cause of non-fluency in stroke and PPA conditions. You can find more information on this on our resource page.
Does aphasia affect intelligence?
Aphasia does not affect intelligence. Aphasia is a language disorder that impairs a person's ability to understand and use language. It affects language modalities such as comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, and signing. When a person presents with aphasia, it has no effect on their intelligence or ability to have thoughts or ideas. People with aphasia may have impairments in cognition, frontal executive functions, working memory, attention and inhibition problems can impact significantly on symptoms and response to rehabilitation.
Can you send me information about aphasia?
We certainly can. We strive to create more resources and keep our clients up to date on aphasia and aphasia treatments. We recommend that you send us an email or contact us through our social media pages or via WhatsApp.
How long does it take to recover one's speech?
It depends. Some people recover spontaneously from aphasia. Others may take months, years, or even decades. No two aphasias are alike. Emotional/psychosocial reactions and responses can be very common (e.g, depression which is a major problem) can impact the person with aphasia’s response to rehabilitation.
What can I do to help someone with aphasia ?
You can help people with aphasia by allowing them time to respond, encouraging the use of gestures, drawing, writing down key words. You can find more information on this on our resource page: Communicating with People with Aphasia.
Comprehensive and educational information on Aphasia
Speech Therapists and other health professionals.
I Have Aphasia
Information materials on aphasia .
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