A person with aphasia may have trouble understanding, speaking, reading, or writing. Speech-language pathologists can help.
Aphasia is a language disorder that happens when you have brain damage. Your brain has two halves. Language skills are in the left half of the brain in most people. Damage on that side of your brain may lead to language problems. Damage on the right side of your brain may cause other problems, like poor attention or memory.
Aphasia may make it hard for you to understand, speak, read, or write. It does not make you less smart or cause problems with the way you think.
If you have aphasia, you may:
- Can't think of the words you want to say.
- Switch sounds in words. For example, you might say 'wish dasher' for 'dishwasher.'
- Use made-up words.
- Find it hard to understand what others say when it is noisy or you are in a group.
- Have trouble understanding jokes.
- Reading forms, books, and computer screens.
- Spelling and putting words together to write sentences.
- Using numbers or doing math. For example, it may be hard to tell time, count money, or add and subtract.