The Roles and Locations of Speech Therapists
Focus on Aphasia
Aphasia is caused when there is some type of trauma to the left side of the brain that impacts the language-processing center of the brain. It impacts an individual’s ability to read, write, speak, and understand language. It is important to remember that each case of aphasia is unique and looks different depending on the individual.
Aphasia causes individuals to lose the ability to say, understand, read, or write words. It is important to remember that aphasia does not impact cognition. Receptive aphasia is the inability or difficulty to understand spoken language. Expressive aphasia is the inability or difficulty to speak language.
Aphasia: Loss of Language
Aphasia is varies widely from person to person. Survivors of stroke with aphasia are coached by speech language therapists in many different ways. Individuals with aphasia are encouraged to relax as it can aid in helping them find the right words. They are also encouraged to remove or minimize distractions within the environment.