Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage to the parts of the brain that control language. It occurs most often from a stroke or brain injury. It affects a person's ability to communicate, but does not affect his or her intelligence. Aphasia can affect all aspects of language, including: speaking, understanding speech, reading and writing.
- Spread the word to your friends on Facebook and have them click "like" on the Adler Aphasia Center's page. Follow us on Twitter.
- Send an email to all your family, friends & work colleagues to let them know about aphasia.
- If you know someone with aphasia, tell them about our Center.
- Tell healthcare providers that people with aphasia can continue to improve over a lifetime.
- Volunteer your time at the Adler Aphasia Center.
- Donate funds to help us continue to provide direct services, education & training and research on behalf of people with aphasia and their families.
- More than 2,000,000 people or about 1 in 250 people in the United States currently have aphasia.
- Each year, there are about 80,000 to 100,000 new cases of aphasia in the U.S.
- The major cause of aphasia is stroke. Other common causes are head injury and brain tumor.
- It is estimated that 25% - 40% of people who have a stroke will have aphasia.
- There is no known cure for aphasia, although aphasia usually gets better with time.
- There are many different types of aphasia, but all people with aphasia have difficulty communicating their thoughts and ideas.
- Aphasia does not discriminate. It occurs in people of all ages and all walks of life.
- Most people have never heard about aphasia!
- There is a lack of awareness and understanding of aphasia both among professionals and the public-an especially troubling fact insofar as more than 25 percent of American families will eventually be affected by aphasia.
- Be patient. Give the person extra time to talk.
- Speak slowly.
- Gesture or point while you are speaking.
- Use an adult tone of voice.
- Respect any way the person communicates - speaking, gesturing, writing, and/or drawing.
- Ask yes/no questions.
- Repeat or rephrase what you say.
- Have a pen and paper handy.
If you have any questions or want to learn more about aphasia, please contact us at the Adler Aphasia Center.
Executive Director, Karen Tucker: (201) 368-8585, ktucker@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org
Education & Training Coordinator, Wendy Greenspan, wgreenspan@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org
Outreach and Education Coordinator, Robin Straus: rstraus@AdlerAphasiaCenter.org