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Aphasia Awareness Month (National)

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 2:33:14 PM by healtheo360

Do you have a family member that recently suffered from a stroke, or brain injury? Did you know that about 750,000 strokes occur each year in the USA?

aphasia

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a communication disorder that results from damage to parts of the brain that focuses on language.

Types of Aphasia (Mild and Severe):

Expressive (non-fluent): someone with expressive aphasia knows what to say, but may still have some difficulty communicating with others.

Receptive (fluent): someone who has receptive aphasia can her others and read the print, but may not understand the meaning of the message. Someone with receptive aphasia takes language literally.

Anomic: someone with anomic aphasia has a difficulty with finding words.

Global : this is the most severe type, which often happens right after someone having a stroke. The individual with global aphasia is unable to read or write, and has difficulty speaking and understanding words.

Primary progressive: someone with primary progressive aphasia slowly loses their ability to talk, red, and write to others. Those who have primary progressive aphasia they can communicate through gestures instead of using their speech.

Common causes: this health condition is often caused by strokes, or brain injuries with damage to one or more parts of the brain.

Symptoms:

• Difficulty understanding language
• Misunderstands what others say
• Difficulty producing language
• Using made up words
• Having trouble forming sentences

Diagnosis:

A doctor first diagnoses for aphasia when treating a patient with a stroke, brain injury or tumor. The speech language pathologist (SLP) evaluates the individual with a variety of assessments.

Treatments:

Treatments may vary for the different types of aphasia. Factors that may be taken into consideration for treatment are age, cause of brain injury, type of aphasia, and position/size of brain lesion. Some treatments are individual or group sessions for speech and language therapy.

By having this information about Aphasia Awareness you as the reader will have a better understating of this health condition. There is always hope for your loved ones or friends, so do not give up on them.

Sources:

Aphasia , WebMD , National Aphasia Association

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