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What is aphasia?

Aphasia is the term used to describe a communication difficulty. It can affect one or more of the following areas:

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Understanding / speaking
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What are the causes of aphasia?

Aphasia may occur for a number of different reasons. Please speak to your speech and language therapist or doctor about the possible causes of your difficulties.

How speech and language therapy can help?

Speech and language therapists assess and help with language and communication difficulties. They can:

  • Offer advice and strategies for the person and family / friends.
  • Give therapy to help with communication difficulties.
  • Help to find the best way to communicate.
  • Offer support and understanding of communication difficulties.

What can help?

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Allow plenty of time
  • Reduce background noise or find a quiet space.
  • Use writing, drawing and gesture to support communication.
  • Recap – make sure that you have understood each other.
  • Follow advice given by your speech and language therapist.
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Contact details

Your speech therapist is: ________________________________

Telephone number: ________________________________

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