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Section 1 - Aphasia

Aphasia is caused by damage to the language centre in the brain

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For right handed people language is usually stored in the left hemisphere.

However left handed peole may experience langugae difficulties after a right

hemisphere stroke.


Aphasia can affect understanding, talking, reading and writing                                                                                                                                        .   

This is because the same part of the brain is used for verbal and written


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Aphasia, on it's own, does not affect intelligence.

By Law (Mental Capacity Act 2005) all information must be presented in an accessible format and all means possible taken to support successful expression.

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Aphasia affects you, your conversational partners and how you

participate in your local community and everyday life.

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Finding your way forward with Aphasia can feel overwhelming.

Your Speech and Langugae Therapist will explore how asphaia impacts on your life and how to tackle the challenges it brings.

Find out more about Speech and Language service here


These strategies may help communication with aphasia.

Take lots of time

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Reduce background noise


Use short sentences                                                                                

Stress key words                                                      Aphasia 6

Use gesture


Try writing or drawing

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Aphasia 8 Communicating with Aphasia can be really frustrating.

Sometimes the best thing to do is STOP and try again later.

Feeling of frustration, anger, upset only make communicating harder.

'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough - could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'

Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community Hospital