What is Aphasia?

Communication with others is a foundation of our identity. When it is taken away in any amount, the game changes completely. We want to help turn the tables back in your favor. 

Aphasia is the loss of language skills. Language is used in many ways in our every day--speaking, reading, writing and understanding-- and aphasia can affect one or all of these areas. In turn, this loss of language changes a person's level of independence, ability to express even basic wants and needs, and the processing speed required to complete work, household and scheduling tasks.

 

It can be caused by a stroke or traumatic brain injury

In this case the likelihood of recovery is high, especially if treatment is sought out early. The brain wants to heal. After an injury your brain goes through something called neuroplasticity. This is it's incredible ability to essentially rewire around the damaged parts in order to regain function. It takes a long time (typically the speediest recovery happens within the first year) and a lot of hard work, but it certainly possible. 

 

Aphasia can also be caused by Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA)

This a brain disease that didn't happen because of an injury. With PPA a person's language skills will gradually get worse over time. There is no known cause and no known cure.

While there is not a cure for PPA, speech therapy, especially early on, can help determine a person's remaining language strengths and help develop strategies for slowing down the disease progression and increasing communication between the person with PPA and their loved ones. Even the simplest things, like choosing turkey or ham on a sandwich, will become difficult to verbalize for a person with PPA. With early intervention we are able to help support your family and the person with PPA in making these interactions more successful and less frustrating.