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What is Aphasia?

aphasia (uh-fay ' –zhuh) n.

A language disorder that impairs the expression and understanding of spoken language, reading, and writing. It occurs most often from a stroke or brain injury. This frustrating condition affects a person's ability to communicate but does not affect his or her intellect.

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Did you know...

• Aphasia (uh-fay'-zhuh) is a disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language and affects a person’s ability to use or comprehend spoken and written words

• Although aphasia affects a person's ability to communicate, it does not affect their intellect. It can occur as a result of a head trauma, tumor, or in most cases, a stroke

• One third of all stroke survivors are diagnosed with aphasia

• More than 1 million Americans suffer from aphasia

• Aphasia affects every person differently

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