Aphasia Awareness

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June is Aphasia Awareness Month.

More than 140,000 Australians live with aphasia.

Aphasia is described as a loss of language skills. It is often caused by a stroke, head injury, tumours, infections or inflammation in the brain, and it can affect each individual differently.

Aphasia can often affect a number of different areas, including:

  • Speech
  • Understanding the speech of others
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Understanding numbers & money

Aphasia Simulations have activities you can complete to gain a better understanding of what it might feel like to have aphasia. Experiencing some of the frustration of aphasia yourself may give you a bit more empathy and compassion for those who experience it every day.

At HenderCare, our speech pathologists support adults with aphasia who have experienced a stroke or brain injury, at all stages of life. A speech pathologist might help a person living with aphasia by providing support around the following:

  • Making and receiving phone calls
  • Sending emails and text messages
  • Using social media
  • Face-to-face communication
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Maintaining relationships with friends and family
  • Day-to-day literacy tasks such as shopping & managing money
  • Accessing employment or volunteering opportunities
  • Education and training to family & friends about how best to support a person with aphasia

If you or a loved one would like to learn more about speech therapy through HenderCare, please call our team on 1300 764 433.

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