Stroke and Aphasia

What is Aphasia?

Aphasia is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. It’s most often caused by strokes that occur in areas of the brain (usually in the left side of the brain) that control speech and language. Aphasia does not affect intelligence. Stroke survivors remain mentally alert, even though their speech may be jumbled, fragmented or impossible to understand.

People with aphasia:

  • May be disrupted in their ability to use language in ordinary circumstances.
  • May have difficulty communicating in daily activities.
  • May have difficulty communicating at home, in social situations, or at work.
  • May feel isolated.
Woman Talking Types of Aphasia

Learn more about the different types of aphasia, including Wernicke's Aphasia (also called receptive aphasia), Broca's Aphasia (also called expressive aphasia) and Global Aphasia.

Copule Walking Effects of Aphasia

Understand the potential effects of aphasia, including how it feels to have aphasia and the daily challenges stroke survivors with aphasia experience.

Family Sitting on Bench Aphasia vs. Apraxia

Post-stroke communication disorders include aphasia, apraxia of speech and oral apraxia. It may be difficult to identify the differences, particularly since it is possible for all three to be present at the same time.

Family Cooking Dinner June is National Aphasia Awareness Month

Help us recognize National Aphasia Awareness Month by spreading the word about the language disorder with free resources and more.