What is aphasia?

 
 

Aphasia is an acquired impairment of language due to damage to the regions of the brain that support language. 


Aphasia is characterized by

  1. -difficulty coming up with the names of things

  2. -difficulty formulating sentences

  3. -difficulty understanding spoken or written language


Aphasia is not an impairment of intellect, rather, it is a specific impairment of LANGUAGE. 


In most instances, aphasia has a sudden onset related to a stroke or brain injury, however, progressive aphasia occurs when there is slowly progressive degeneration of areas of the brain that are critical for language.

Alexia refers to an acquired impairment of reading.  It may occur in isolation, or it may accompany impairments of spoken language and/or spelling ability.

WHAT IS ACQUIRED ALEXIA?

Agaphia refers to an acquired impairment of spelling or writing.  It may occur in isolation, or it may accompany impairments of reading and/or spoken language.

WHAT IS ACQUIRED AGRAPHIA?

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