What is Aphasia

Aphasia is the medical term for loss of language


Aphasic people rarely can reply spontaneously.

Some speak in syllables, others speak very slowly, and they are able to formulate words only with great effort. Or they search for the appropriate word. Some are fluent but mix up sounds and words.

Grammatical errors and problems with formulating sentence are often the norm. As is the case with saying something completely different from what he/she wanted to express, or confusing similar words, such as 'yes' and 'no' or 'up' and 'down', or repeating the same word(s) over and being unable to control this. Writing often poses similar problems.

Comprehension. The majority of aphasic people have problem understanding spoken and written language, being unable to follow a conversation, or misunderstanding statements, especially during rapid conversation, or in group situations.

Reading. This ability is lost by many totally, or partially. However, even in severe cases, well-known words sometimes can be understood. Similar words are often confused, such as 'hot' with 'cold'. Some can read single words or sentences, but do not understand them.

Numbers. For many aphasic people the ability to understand numbers is greatly reduced.

Mime and Gesticulation. Sometimes these are disturbed as well, and are used not as intended.

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