Archive for February, 2014

It’s Me, I’m Still in Here…

February 21, 2014

Aphasia is a disorder of communication that impairs a person’s ability to use and comprehend language. Aphasia is a symptom of brain damage and affects approximately one million Americans. Stroke is the leading cause of aphasia. One in four stroke survivors experience some form of language impairment after a stroke. Speech is primarily controlled by the Broca’s and Wernicke’s regions of the brain.

Strokes that damage the frontal and parietal lobes in the right hemisphere of the brain can cause a person to have difficulty expressing and processing language.

Need help understanding aphasia? Watch the  “Heart to Heart” YouTube video, highly recommended.

(the following was copied from a helpful speech therapy site)

Is Comprehension a challenge?

Some people with aphasia find comprehension difficult.
If this is the case for you, you are not alone!

* You may not understand what other people say.
* It may feel as though everyone is speaking in a different language.
* Some people find it harder if longer sentences and difficult words are used. They may not understand some words or forget the start of the sentence.
* Background noise will make it very difficult.
* It will be more difficult if different people are talking in a group.
* Too much information may be confusing. This can be the same for written or spoken information.
* You may be able to write but unable to read it back.

Can you relate to any of these challenges?

I can. I survived an ischemic stroke on the right side of my brain, and I have aphasia – difficulty speaking. But it’s me, I’m still in here…

Do you require information on speech therapy? Find it here.