Be in the Know
APHASIA: Be in the Know
More than 86% of people surveyed in the U.S. have never heard the term “aphasia.” Aphasia is a language disorder that impairs the ability to communicate.
One million people in the U.S. are estimated to have aphasia, commonly as a result of stroke. Stroke survivors with aphasia face an increased incidence of post-stroke depression versus stroke survivors with no aphasia.
Aphasia does impact language: listening, writing, reading and speaking
Aphasia does NOT impact intelligence
Tips for better communication with someone with aphasia:
Be patient. Allow extra time for them to communicate and keep it simple.
Use a variety of ways to communicate — writing, facial expressions, speaking, pictures, phone/ communication apps.
Communication takes two — be direct and confirm what’s said.
The American Stroke Association and the National Aphasia Association — collaborating to help stroke survivors beat aphasia.
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