Aphasia is a communication disorder or condition that makes it diffcult to read, write or speak. It can happen after a stroke or following a brain injury.
There are different types of Aphasia,
one is Broca’s or Expressive Aphasia this is where a person can understand simply structured language fairly easily but finds it
harder to understand more complex sentences that say the same thing.
As an example saying ‘Claire gave the dog some food’ may be easy to understand but ‘The food was given
to the dog by Claire’ is difficult".
Receptive or Wernick’s Aphasia
is when the ability to understand
the meaning of spoken words or
sentences is limited but the ability to
produce words and grammatically
correct sentences is not affected.
Often what a person with receptive
Aphasia says does not make sense
and their sentences may include
irrelevant and even made up words.
“We are not as quick at speaking as we used to be and some days are better or worse than others.”
“Having Asphasia is like having part of your brain disconnected with the other so you know what you are trying to say but can’t find the words to say it”
“Each person with Aphasia experiences it differently. At Say Aphasia we all help each other out.”
“The worst thing is to lose your communication. When I first had my stroke I couldn’t talk at all. It was very depressing. A lot of people who have Aphasia get depressed. This group has helped me to have fun again."
We have created an APHASIA Information Pack, a practical guide for people living with Aphasia, their friends, family and speech therapists.
The 20 page booklet has been put togethe rby Say Aphasia and one reader said:
'It's a brilliant pack'
You can purchase the pack for £5 from EBAY
The booklet may also be available at your local hospital..
If you'd like to learn more about Aphasia, take a look at the links below:
There are a number of organisations connected to Aphasia, with additional useful information and resources: