Aphasia Awareness Month
Aphasia is an “acquired communication disorder that impairs a person’s ability to process language.” This may present itself as an inability to understand words spoken to them or a jumbling of the patient’s own spoken words. It also affects reading and writing. A better awareness of the disorder is needed as despite the fact that 100,000 people in the US acquire it every year, through head trauma or stroke and sometimes even extreme emotional stress, it is not widely accepted or understood. It’s not an impairment of intelligence, merely a fault in the mechanism of processing words.