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What is Dysphasia?

Dysphasia (or aphasia) is the general term used to describe a difficulty with language.


How do I know if I have dysphasia?

You may experience difficulties with:

  • Understanding what others are saying
  • Thinking of names/ people
  • Formulating sentences
  • Writing and knowing what to write
  • Reading

Sometimes it might be difficult to understand why other people can’t understand you.


What causes dysphasia?

You may have a difficulty communicating as a result of:

  • stroke
  • head/ brain injury
  • dementia
  • brain tumour
  • neurological condition (e.g. meningitis)


How is dysphasia treated?

If you have a difficulty communicating you will be seen by a Speech and Language Therapist. They will provide advice and support.

How can other people support communication:

  • Use simple language and talk slowly e.g. ‘do you want a drink?’
  • Use gesture, e.g. pointing, showing
  • Draw and write down key words e.g. ‘drink?’


Other strategies to help:

  • Face the person you are speaking to.
  • Reduce background noise.
  • Talk about familiar things, e.g. family.
  • Allow plenty of time.
  • Take turns to speak so that only one person at a time is speaking.
  • Don’t pretend to understand or finish someone’s sentence

Other sources of information:

Please contact your Speech and Language Therapist if you require more information.

  • Last Updated:
    15 May 2018
  • Review Date:
    15 May 2022
  • Author:
    Hannah Treloar and Harriet Doyle
  • Summary:

    Dysphasia (or aphasia) is the general term used to describe a difficulty with language.

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