Aphasia refers to difficulties in the ability to understand or express oneself through speech.
Language allows us to express our thoughts, desires, intentions, motivations, to ask questions, to give commands, to understand what people say, to read, to write, to listen & to speak.
When aphasia strikes a persons ability to use ordinary language is often difficult, and someone may not be able to communicate their daily activities or may feel isolated or may not be able to interact socially.
Some aphasic people may have receptive aphasia ie comprehension problems such as not knowing people are speaking to them, or realising if someone is angry or merely asking a question or understanding complete thoughts and individual words.
Other people have expressive aphasia where some people have difficulty forming complete sentences or leave simple words like ‘the’ or ‘is’ out or often say things that don’t resemble a sentence.
Famously, the critically acclaimed film, The Possibilities are Endless about singer Edwyn Collins‘ recovery from a stroke, which resulted in aphasia – a communication disability which not many people know about. The website for their campaign is here:http://www.thepossibilities.co.uk/campaign/about.html.
The film producers are reaching out with a series of FREE art therapy workshops, with the first one being this Saturday 18th April at Hampstead Heath’s ‘Hive’ venue.
So, for some even less famous than Edwyn, this is a huge residual difficulty following a stroke and explains why it will be our next #strokerecovery tweetchat at 8pm BST on 12th May 2015.
Our questions will be:
T1.What percentage of stroke patients have understanding & expression issues? Is it more common with bleed or blockage? Why?
T2. What are the evidence-based treatments for aphasia recovery? How long is aphasia recovery typically?
T3. What evidence-based treatments are available for expressive or receptive aphasia?
T4. Do patients get sufficient community support and therapy once they leave hospital. If not, why?
T5. What are the future developments or technology in aphasia recovery?
I hope to see you soon!! Don’t forget May is official stroke month!