Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that impairs a person's ability to
process language (but does not affect intelligence); Aphasia impairs the ability
to speak and understand others, and most people with aphasia experience difficulty
reading and writing.
Causes of Aphasia The most common cause of aphasia is stroke (about
25-40% of stroke survivors acquire aphasia). It can also result from head injury,
brain tumour or other neurological causes.
Treatment At present, there is no cure for
Aphasia, rather, the patient may slowly recover over time. Below are a few tips for
communicating with someone with Aphasia:
• Give the person with aphasia time to speak
and do not finish the
person's sentences unless asked.
• Be sensitive to background noise and turn off
such as radios or TVs where possible.
• Be open to means of communicating other
than speech, e.g., Use