A language disorder. Aphasia occurs when the language areas of the are damaged. In adults, it often is caused by , but children may get aphasia from a , , or brain .
Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to portions of the that are responsible for language. For most people, these are areas on the left side (hemisphere) of the brain. Aphasia usually occurs suddenly, often as the result of a or , but it may also develop slowly, as in the case of a , an , or dementia. The disorder impairs the expression and understanding of language as well as reading and writing. Aphasia may -occur with speech disorders such as or apraxia of speech, which also result from brain damage.
Who has aphasia?
Anyone can acquire aphasia, including children, but most people who have aphasia are middle-aged or older. Men and women are equally affected. According to the National Aphasia Association, approximately 80,000 individuals acquire aphasia each year from . About one million people in the United States currently have aphasia….