Aphasia is a condition that robs you of the ability to communicate. It can affect your ability to speak, write and understand language, both verbal and written.
Aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury. But it can also come on gradually from a slow-growing brain tumor or a disease that causes progressive, permanent damage (degenerative). The severity of aphasia depends on a number of conditions, including the cause and the extent of the brain damage. (mayoclinic.org).
Aphasia and apraxia are similar. Both can occur due to brain trauma and both affect speech. However apraxia is different from aphasia in that it is not an impairment of linguistic capabilities but rather of the more motor aspects of speech production.
If your loved one is having trouble speaking and there was recent brain trauma, this can be a scary time. We can help. Please bring your loved one in to see us as soon as possible. The sooner we start treatment, the faster we can get your loved one back to their ideal communicative state.