Each June, the National Aphasia Association heads a campaign to raise public awareness of aphasia. In honor of their efforts, this month Speech Associates of New York will focus our blog on different aspects of aphasia and how it affects the lives of those that live with it.
So what exactly is aphasia? Aphasia is a communication impairment caused by brain damage, often as a result of a stroke or traumatic brain injury. There are different variations of aphasia, all of which affect a person’s ability to communicate. Areas affected can include speaking, understanding spoken language, reading or writing ability. However, despite these communication impairments, the intelligence of a person with aphasia typically remains intact.
Aphasia is a widespread problem. An estimated 750,000 strokes occur per year in the United States, with approximately one third of these resulting in aphasia. Current estimates project that aphasia affects at least 1,000,000 people in the United States at any given time.
The National Aphasia Association is a unique organization, dedicated to educating the public about the disorder. Specifically, they strive to educate that “aphasia” describes an impairment of the ability to communicate, not an impairment of intellect. The association also raises awareness for people with aphasia, their families, and support systems of resources available to them.
One of the greatest resources for those with aphasia is speech-language therapy, which can improve communication skills and increase quality of life. If you or someone you love has a communication disorder, contact Speech Associates of New York and allow our professionally trained and certified speech-language pathologists help you communicate to the best of your ability. Our team provides in-home evaluations and therapy, and is trained in the assessment and treatment of a range of pediatric and adult speech, language and communication disorders. Call us today at (917) 841-2965 and find out how we can help you communicate your best!