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Aphasia is a language disorder that impacts a person’s ability to communicate. Aphasia is typically caused by a stroke, brain injury or brain tumor and treatment.

Language difficulties associated with aphasia can cause difficulty with the following:

  • Speaking
  • Understanding what other people are saying
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Using gestures

Aphasia does not reduce a person’s intelligence.

Speech-Language Pathology Evaluation & Therapy

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) have specialty training in evaluating individuals with aphasia.  Your assessment may include some of the following tasks:

  • Stating personal information (name, birthdate, etc.)
  • Answering yes / no questions
  • Following single and multi-step directions
  • Naming pictures or objects
  • Answering open ended questions
  • Participating in conversation
  • Reading
  • Writing

Using this information, your SLP will identify your areas of communication strength and weakness, and develop a tailored therapy plan to help maximize and improve your language skills. Your SLP will implement a person-centered approach and focus on life participation as you learn to live with aphasia.

Additional Information

National Aphasia Association:

American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA):

Aphasia Access:

Australian Aphasia Research Pathway:

Aphasia Institute:

Aphasia You Tube Channel:


Aphasia, Imagine Life Without Words:

Aphasia -  Supported Communication Example: