Understanding Aphasia (mental health disorder awareness)

Aphasia is a language disorder that causes an impairment of language ability. The first video shows Sarah Scott who suffered a stroke at the age of 18 and now has Broca’s aphasia. This means that she has difficulty articulating her words. There are many different types of aphasia: Broca’s aphasia is an example of ‘non-fluent’ aphasia; this is where the person has good comprehension but speech is not fluent. Another type of aphasia is ‘fluent’ aphasia, which is where speech is fluent but the person has difficulty conveying meaning and the speech does not make sense. Aphasia can also affect reading and writing ability. The second video shows Sarah talking about how aphasia has affected her life and includes the importance of acting ‘F.A.S.T’ to signs of a stroke. Aphasia can also occur as a result of a head injury or can develop because of a brain tumour, infection, dementia or a learning disability such as dysnomia.

Location of two brain areas that play a critic...

Location of two brain areas that play a critical role in language, Broca's area and Wernicke's area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you would like to know more you can visit the National Aphasia Association website-

http://www.aphasia.org/index.html

or the communication disability network connect-

http://www.ukconnect.org/index.aspx

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