After stroke and other injuries, people often have difficulty with communication.
Aphasia-defined as difficulty with communication-affects about 1 million people in
the United States. It may occur as a partial or total loss of the ability to talk,
to understand what people say, and/or to read or write. For example, you may not be
able to retrieve from your memory the names of particular objects or may not be able
to put words together into sentences. More often, many aspects of communication are
affected at the same time. People with aphasia still have the same level of intelligence
that they did before the stroke; aphasia simply compromises their ability to find
the words to express themselves and/or to understand what others are saying.
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