June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, which is a national campaign to increase public education around the language disorder and to recognize the numerous people who are living with or caring for people with aphasia.
Aphasia is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. It’s most often caused by strokes that occur in areas of the brain, usually in the left side of the brain, that controls speech and language. Aphasia does not affect intelligence. Stroke survivors remain mentally alert, even though their speech may be jumbled, fragmented or difficult to understand.
People with aphasia are often frustrated and confused because they can’t speak as well or understand things the way they did before their stroke. They may act differently because of changes in their brain. Imagine looking at the headlines of the morning newspaper and not being able to recognize the words. Or think about trying to say “put the car in the garage” and it comes out “put the train in the house” or “widdle tee car ung.”
To learn more information on Aphasia, please watch our speech-language pathologist, Stacey Tygielski, describe what aphasia is, how it affects people, and how we can help! The Ear, Nose and Throat Institute is increasing aphasia awareness by sharing communication tips, the effects of having aphasia, solutions for those with aphasia and more. To schedule an appointment, call the Ear, Nose and Throat Institute today! We are making progress but we still have a long way to go and we need your help! Let our family, take care of yours!