By Diane Forrest, RN
Aphasia is an impairment of language ability ranging from having difficulty remembering words to being completely unable to speak, read, or write. It can occur suddenly as with a head injury or stroke, or develop over time with dementia, infection or brain tumor.
Signs and symptoms
People with aphasia may experience any of the following behaviors:
- inability to comprehend language ;
- inability to pronounce, not due to muscle paralysis or weakness;
- inability to speak spontaneously;
- inability to form words;
- inability to name objects;
- poor enunciation;
- inability to repeat a phrase;
- persistent repetition of phrases;
- uncompleted sentences;
- inability to read;
- inability to write;
- limited verbal output; and
- difficulty in naming.
Treatment is according to the cause of aphasia, but the main course of treatment involves working with a speech therapist.
For more information see: http://www.aphasia.org/