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Symptoms of Aphasia

Aphasia does not affect speech by impairing muscle control, but it is sometimes confused with other conditions—dysarthria and apraxia—which do.

Aphasia symptoms vary from person to person. Someone who has the disorder may do the following:

  • Speak using only nouns and verbs
  • Mix up the order of words in a sentence
  • Use the wrong words or made-up words
  • Have trouble working with numbers (balancing a checkbook, for instance)

Someone who has the disorder may be unable to:

  • Retrieve words from memory
  • Understand words when others speak
  • Remember new information
  • Speak in complete sentences
  • Read or write
  • Understand that numbers have meaning