Aphasia Information

For more information about aphasia, see the resources below.

What Is Aphasia?
Aphasia is difficulty in communicating in someone who has suffered brain injury from a stroke, traumatic brain injury, or a brain tumor.

Harvey Alter, an aphasia survivor said, “Aphasia is when your mind and your mouth don’t match.”

Aphasia can affect understanding speech, talking, reading, and/or writing. One or more of these can be affected more than the others.  Read more

Primary Progressive Aphasia
Primary progressive aphasia is a form of degenerative neurological disorder, in which the first signs are changes in ability to communicate. In other forms of dementia, language may be relatively spared until late in the process. In primary progressive aphasia, language is affected first, and there may be other effects later in the disease process.  Read More

What Can People With Aphasia Do?
People with aphasia can do many things that they used to do. They can pursue familiar hobbies and interests. Their likes and dislikes will be about the same. However, they may be more oriented to pictures than to words. Read more

Accomplishments of People With Aphasia
People with aphasia have written books, created websites, and founded organizations. Read about some of these remarkable people here

See videos of people with aphasia here

Aphasia Therapy in New York City
See information about outpatient and university clinics in the five boroughs who offer aphasia therapy here

Aphasia Organizations
There are aphasia centers and organizations around the United States and the world that offer speech therapy, social activities, emotional support and information to people with aphasia and co-survivors. Read here

Online Language Activities
Websites that offer activities to improve speech, understanding, and reading are listed here