Aphasia – Imagine life without words – it could happen to you.
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Aphasia (or dysphasia) is a communication difficulty caused by brain damage. Most people who have aphasia have had a stroke, but it can also occur from tumours, infection and progressive diseases like motor neuron disease (ALS).
There are different types of aphasia like Wernicke’s, Broca’s. Conduction, Anomic and Global Aphasia which relates to the part of the brain that’s damaged. The term is also a descriptor of whether you lose your capacity to understand speech, talk, read and/or write. There are also different severity types, Global being the most severe as it affects all modes of written and verbal communication. However there is one commonality, the person with aphasia’s frustration at not being able to communicate in the way they used to.
This video on “Aphasia – life without words” was made by a Speech Pathologist and aims to take you into the world of a person with aphasia – a young mother who struggles to do everyday things. How does she shop? Eat at a café? Spend time with friends? This video also shows real life examples of supports and treatment options anyone can put in place, once they have been shown how.
Millions of people suffer from this condition, its time they had a voice, it is time people understood aphasia.
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Aphasia: FIND the opportunity, MAKE the difference