Aphasia is a complex communication disability which is sometimes known as dysphasia. It can happen after a stroke or other damage to the language parts of the brain such as a tumour or road accident.
People with aphasia may find it difficult to use speech, to understand the communication of other people, to read and write and sometimes to use numbers. However, intelligence is not affected.
Aphasia is different for each person. Some people can have severe difficulties and can feel locked inside their head unable to make sense of what other people are saying to them and unable to express simple messages. Other people have problems with spelling, reading single words or long sentences. Many people with aphasia have problems in finding the word they want to say – like having something on the tip of their tongue all the time.
Aphasia can make it difficult to join in social conversations, to read newspapers or letters. Watching television or using the telephone can be hard. Writing a birthday card or asking for bread in a shop can
be impossible for some people.
Each person experiences aphasia differently but most people say that they feel extremely frustrated that they can no longer communicate in the same way with the people around them.
There are lots of things you can do to support people with aphasia to communicate better. If you want to have some training please contact us, there may be a Speakeasy course that you could attend. However, there are a few simple things that will make it much easier:-
How to help someone with aphasia?
- Slow down and don’t rush
- Say one thing at a time
- Shut out background noise
- Don’t interrupt
- Don’t fill in words unless you are asked to help out
- Use pen and paper for drawing and writing
- Check that you both understand the conversation
- Use any way possible to communicate