a language impairment typically caused by injury to the left hemisphere of the
brain due to stroke or other brain injury.
It affects all areas of language function, including speaking,
understanding spoken speech, writing, and reading. Aphasia can have many different presentations
depending on which area of the left hemisphere was affected.
Some common symptoms of aphasia include:
retrieving the correct word, and/or substituting a word for the needed
word. Sometimes these substitutions make
sense, but often they change the meaning of what is intended to be said.
of words that are not real and do not make sense. A patient’s language may show occasional use
of strange words, or may be almost entirely nonsensical, depending on the
severity of the aphasia.
making a point, excessive talking to make a vague point, or using a lot words
with very little resulting meaning at the end of speaking: “empty” speech.
understanding what is being said. Some
patients may say “yes” to every question, or answer with irrelevant
initiating speech, or near complete inability to talk.
speech that is difficult to produce, is missing words (telegraphic speech), or
has many sound errors.
or decreased ability to write.
reading comprehension. Some patients may not recognize letters, while others
may struggle with single words or short sentences.
Regional’s speech therapy team utilizes a unique, comprehensive approach to the
treatment of aphasia. While many approaches
to aphasia treatment target only a single modality (speaking, listening,
reading, or writing), Lake Regional therapists use a treatment approach that
targets all language modalities for every task of language in a sequenced
hierarchy of difficulty.
We are proud of
all of our patients’ successes in their recovery of language.
information about aphasia, please visit the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) website.