Each June, the National Aphasia Association recognizes National Aphasia Awareness Month, a campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the disorder so that it is more readily understood by patients, their families, and the greater public. In support of Aphasia Awareness Month, Speech Associates of NY will be dedicating our blogs in the month of June to topics related to aphasia.
In order to increase general knowledge about the disorder, the National Aphasia Association is releasing 30 Facts in 30 Days, short pieces of information to help the public learn more about aphasia. We’ve gathered some of the most interesting and important to help you boost your aphasia knowledge. Take a look!
- What is aphasia? Aphasia is a communication disorder caused by stroke or brain injury that affects a person’s ability to process and use language.
- The left side of the human brain primarily controls the ability to and understand language in most people. A stroke on the left side is more likely to result in aphasia.
- There are several different types of aphasia. Each can affect the specific aspects of language that a person has difficulty with.
- 80,000 people are diagnosed with aphasia every year in the United States.
- 1,000,000 people in the U.S. have aphasia today.
- It is estimated that up to 2,000,000 people may have aphasia in the United States by 2020.
- There is hope: people with aphasia can improve their speech and communication skills even years after a stroke or brain injury.
- Whether 30 or 70 years old, people with aphasia can improve functional communication skills.
- Speech-language pathologists (SLPs or speech therapists) are highly trained professionals that evaluate speech and language disorders and offer therapy to remediate them.
- Eight to ten hours of treatment every week has been shown to improve a patient’s progress compared to those who are not treated.
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