It is typically a communication disorder that occurs as a result of a stroke or a trauma to the language parts of the brain. While, this disorder does not impair a person’s intelligence, communication becomes difficult. People who suffer from this disorder, tend to have trouble finding the right words to talk or write while trying to convey their thoughts. They sometimes may also have trouble comprehending conversations, written text or using numbers.
Stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is cut off due to a clot or the blood vessel bursts causing a brain bleed. This normally impacts one side of the brain. The movement and the sensations for one side of the body is controlled by the opposite brain hemisphere and hence if stroke impacts the left side of the brain, the right side of your body tends to get impacted and suffers complications.
In some left-handed people, language is controlled by the right side of the brain.
As a result of left-sided stroke,one may experience problems with –speaking,reading, writing,listening and comprehending,dealing with numbers, finding the right words while talking or writing.
The treatment options available depend on factors such as Age , Type of Aphasia, position and the size of the brain lesion.
A person suffering from aphasia as a result of stroke, may largely benefit from sessions with a certified speech therapist. The therapist will work with the individual at regular intervals to help him/her improve his speech. They will also ensure that they train the individual to communicate using means other than speech such as signs and gestures.