Understanding Aphasia

14 May 2023 | Dementia Care

May is Stroke Awareness Month—a time dedicated to shedding light on the impact of stroke-related conditions. In this blog post, we’ll delve into aphasia, a neurological disorder affecting communication skills. Join us as we explore the causes, symptoms, and available treatment options for aphasia, aiming to increase awareness and understanding of this condition.

Understanding Aphasia

Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage to the brain’s language centres. There are different types of aphasia, including expressive, receptive, and global. Expressive aphasia affects the ability to articulate thoughts and ideas, while receptive aphasia impairs the comprehension of spoken or written language. Global aphasia involves a significant impairment in both expression and comprehension.

Signs and Symptoms

Recognising the signs and symptoms of aphasia is crucial for early detection and intervention. People with aphasia may struggle to find words, form coherent sentences, or understand spoken or written language. Beyond the linguistic challenges, aphasia can also have emotional and social impacts. Frustration, social isolation, and reduced quality of life are everyday experiences for people with aphasia.

Diagnosis and Assessment

To diagnose aphasia, a comprehensive evaluation is necessary. This typically includes taking a complete medical history, language tests, and brain imaging techniques. Speech and language therapists play a vital role in assessing and diagnosing aphasia, using their expertise to determine the severity and specific language impairments.

Treatment and Rehabilitation

While there is no cure for aphasia, various treatment approaches can significantly improve communication skills and overall quality of life. Speech therapy, language exercises, and alternative communication methods are often used. Individualised treatment plans are essential and tailored to the specific needs and goals of each person with aphasia. Additionally, new technologies and innovative therapies offer promising possibilities for aphasia rehabilitation.

Coping Strategies and Support

Beyond professional intervention, there are practical coping strategies to help people with aphasia in their daily lives. These include using gestures, writing, or utilising communication aids such as speech-generating devices. Additionally, a supportive environment is crucial. Family, friends, and support groups can provide emotional support and foster inclusive communication environments. Online resources and advocacy organisations also offer valuable information and support to people with aphasia and their families.

Breaking Stigmas and Raising Awareness

Misconceptions and stigmas surrounding aphasia persist in society. Challenging these assumptions and fostering a more inclusive and understanding culture is important. By sharing personal stories, organising community events, or supporting relevant charities, we can make a significant impact during Stroke Awareness Month and beyond.

If you or a loved one have suffered any lasting effects from a stroke and need extra support, Eximius can help. You can contact us here to find out more. Our dedicated team of compassionate and highly trained caregivers specialises in delivering personalised care within the familiar and comforting surroundings of your loved one’s own home.

Further reading


Communication Problems Following A Stroke

What Are The Physical Effects Of Stroke?

How To Prevent A Stroke