An acquired language disorder that impairs a person’s ability to communicate. It does not affect the person's intelligence. Aphasia affects each person differently. (The person loses their ability to speak.)
Most Common Causes:
stroke (#1 cause)
Most rehabilitation occurs within the first 6 months to 1 year after the stroke.
People with aphasia and their family are often left without meaningful or functional communication when formal therapy ends. (Vickers & Hagge, 2007)
We have personally met people who sought additional resources to continue speech therapy and have continued to improve after years, even decades. It can be a long and frustrating number of years but rehabilitation for the brain does not have to stop after a year.
Aphasia affects more than One Million Americans or 1 in 250 people.
Aphasia can occur in people of all ages, races, nationalities and genders.
(Source: excerpt from National Aphasia Association Brochure )
# of new cases of aphasia each year is currently 100,000
But new cases are projected to increase for the following reasons:
Aging U.S. population. More people are reaching the stroke-prone age.
Emergency response times for stroke are decreasing and acute intervention procedures are improving, resulting in improved survival rates.
New medications and maintenance regimens are extending stroke survivors’ life spans.
(Source: www.aphasia.com Aphasia Statistics for US pages)
People with aphasia are often frustrated and confused because they can’t speak as well or understand things the way they did before their stroke. They may act differently because of changes in their brain. Imagine looking at the headlines of the morning newspaper and not being able to recognize the words or trying to say ”put the car in the garage” and it comes out “put the train in the house” or “widdle tee car ung sender plissen.” Thousands of alert, intelligent men and woman are suddenly plunged into a world of jumbled communication because of aphasia.
Excerpt from the American Heart/Stroke Association’s Education Flyer. Let’s Talk About Stroke and Aphasia.
Aphasia (uh-fay'-zhuh) :
What causes aphasia?
How does it feel to have aphasia?
Rehabilitation for Aphasia - Learning to Understand, Communicate & Speak Again
After meeting hundreds of people at the Aphasia Awareness Day, it would be morally and socially irresponsible not to lend a voice to the over 1 million people nationwide who have aphasia. They may be silenced, but they are Americans and human beings whose rights should be spoken for. We hope the Massachusetts legislation and the national aphasia lapel pin drive will help raise awareness of this misunderstood and silent condition.
Example: Aphasic Relearning Colors
Additional information on aphasia can be found on the National Aphasia Association Website www.aphasia.org