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Tuesday, June 14, 2016


Strokes are the number 5 causes of death in the U.S. It is the leading cause of disability in the U.S.A. Strokes can leave many affects including communication effect such as aphasia. In fact the common cause of aphasia is stroke. Aphasia is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. 

National Aphasia Awareness Month occurs in June. The goal is to increase public education on the language disorder and to recognize the numerous people what ar eliving with or caring for those with aphasia. 

The American Heart Association is helping those with Aphasia by increasing awareness by sharing communication tips, allowing others to understand the effects of aphasia, offering assistave devices for those with aphasia. 

Aphasia does not affect intelligence. Stroke survivors are mentally alert with their speech jumbled. They of ten get frustrated from the fragmented language that is often impossible to understand. Getting the words out may be the problem or finding the right words makes Aphasia hard to live with. Individuals may also have trouble understanding speech, reading, writing or math. 

There are things you can do to help. The support of doctors counselors and speech pathologist are needed by the stroke patient. Family and friends are also a valuable resource. Never speak about the stroke victim around them even if you think they can not hear. More than likely then can and understand as well they may just not be able to let you know. 

A daily routine for the aphasia affected individual is very important. Include time for rest and practic skills in their schedule. When you speak keep your sentences to the point and short. Stand in eye view of the patient and try not to talk real loud. The person with the disease should be included in decision making and any on going conversation. Offer respect and dignity offering time for the aphasia affected individual to get point across.

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