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What is Alphasia?

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.

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 competing sounds

 such as radios or TVs where possible.

Be open to means of communicating other than speech, e.g., Use

 drawing, gesturing.

Confirm that you are communicating successfully.

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