What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a disorder caused by damage to certain parts of the brain that are responsible for language. This type of damage occurs through a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) resulting from an accident such as a car accident or fall but can also be the result of a stroke.

What are the symptoms of Aphasia?

Persons with aphasia may experience difficulty in many areas of language. Speaking in short burst sentences, using made up words in conversation, or mixing up names of objects, such as calling a fork a brush, are all characteristics of expressive aphasia. Needing extra time to understand spoken messages, misinterpreting the meaning of what is being said or having difficulty following conversations in groups or with background noises are common characteristics of receptive aphasia.

How can we help?

We know that this can be a difficult time for the entire family and that is why our therapy focuses on increasing communication and recovering enough language to get on with everyday life. We develop individual and personalized treatment plans based on the needs and goals of the person with aphasia and are very aware that therapy involves patience as well as understanding of the challenges that the entire family faces everyday.

If you believe that someone you love may have acquired aphasia due to a brain injury through a stroke or accident, don’t hesitate to call us. We are here to give you and your family the support and encouragement you need to get back on the path to communication.

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