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What is aphasia?

What is aphasia?

Aphasia occurs when the parts of the brain responsible for communication are damaged. This is usually caused by stroke.

How does aphasia affect communication?

It may affect:

  • ability to speak the correct words
  • ability to understand what is being said
  • ability to read and write

Aphasia is different for each person. Some people may only have difficulty finding words or understanding, where as others may have difficulties across all areas. Aphasia does not affect intelligence.

When speaking to a person who has aphasia you may notice that they have difficulty finding the right words and they speak very slowly taking time to think between words. People with aphasia often find it difficult to follow conversations.