Aphasia is a language disorder that is caused by damage to the brain, most often as a result of a stroke. People with aphasia have trouble expressing themselves because they struggle with one or more of the following skills: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and/or comprehending.
There are different kinds of aphasia and every person with aphasia is unique. Some people have mild aphasia where they can speak but cannot form proper sentences, while others have a more severe aphasia and may say very little or nothing. The most important thing to remember about aphasia is to have hope because, unlike many other disorders, people with aphasia can improve. Research has been done to show that with regular practice and determination, people with aphasia can regain some of their language skills and re-engage with their family, friends, and communities.