Let’s TalkAboutAphasia

(I’d like to include this video in the post) https://youtu.be/zjkgSCIXo3k

June is Aphasia awareness month and here at TVTS we want to encourage you to help us spread Aphasia awareness! Statistics from the National Aphasia Association (NAA) report that some 84.5 % of people have never heard of Aphasia. Those who are “aphasia aware” are either people who have aphasia or they know some who does.

So how do we become “aphasia aware”? Let’s start with what aphasia is. According to the NAA “Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production of comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. Aphasia is always due to injury to the brain- most commonly from a stroke. “

We want to challenge you to share what you’ve learned with someone you know. If you know someone or are someone who has aphasia and wants some tips on how to better communicate checkout the flyer below.

I hope these tips help you grow!

Learn more at StrokeAssociation.org/aphasia and Aphasia.org

©2014, American Heart Association

What is Aphasia?


Keep It Simple Speak in short, simple sentences.

Take Your Time Remember it may take a while to get the words out.

Be Patient Allow plenty of time for a response. Talk with him/her not for him/her.

Let People Know What Works Best For You Do you want a question asked in multiple ways? Let them know. Remove Distractions Turn off radios and TVs.

Use Assistive Devices Bring photos, diagrams, pen and paper, etc. Be Creative Try writing, gesturing, pictures and communication tools like an iPad.

Getting Frustrated Is Okay Don’t blame yourself if you get stuck or stumble on your words. Confirm Repeat back what you I need to communicate with someone who has aphasia.

Be patient with yourself as you fi nd what works. think he/she is saying.

People With Aphasia

If You Get Stuck, You Can 1. Communicate differently, but they are

  1. Admit you’re struggling. as smart as they were before.
  2. Recap what you have discussed so far. 2. Their hearing is fine; speaking loudly
  3. Decide whether to carry on or come does not help.

back to it later. 3. Aphasia is not contagious! To talk to people with aphasia, you’ll just have to communicate differently.

Aphasia is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. It’s most often caused by injury to parts of the brain that control speech and language resulting from a stroke.

I have aphasia.