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National Aphasia Awareness Month

June 2022 is National Aphasia Awareness Month!

What is aphasia?

Aphasia is a communication disorder that affects an individual’s ability to process language. This can include difficulty with speaking or understanding others.

What causes aphasia?

The most common cause of aphasia is stroke. However it can also be caused by a head injury or other neurological causes. Aphasia can often be seen in individuals with an intellectual disability (ID)and/or autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Are symptoms of aphasia always the same? 

Not at all! Some individuals may struggle to express themselves using verbal language which makes it difficult for them to explain their wants and needs. This is also known as ‘expressive language.’  However, they may be able to easily understand what is being said to them. This is known as ‘receptive language.’  Some individuals may struggle with both expressive and receptive language.

How can we support individuals we serve with aphasia?