What is aphasia?

Aphasia is when a person has difficulty with their language or speech. It’s usually caused by damage to the left side of the brain – for example, after a stroke. People with aphasia often have trouble with the 4 main ways people understand and use language: reading, listening, speaking, typing or writing.

What causes aphasia?

Aphasia can occur by itself or alongside other disorders such as visual difficulties, mobility problems, limb weakness or memory problems.

What are the symptoms of aphasia?

Speaking problems are perhaps the most obvious as often those affected make mistakes with the words they use. Although aphasia affects a person’s ability to communicate, it doesn’t affect their intelligence.

Are you affected by aphasia?

If so, speech and language therapy is the main form of treatment. This aims to help restore some of your ability to communicate as alternative ways of communicating begin developing.

How successful treatment is varies from person to person. Most people make some degree of recovery and some fully recover.

If you’re affected by aphasia, The Brain Charity can support you.

We are the only charity in the UK to be here for every one of the more than 600 different neurological conditions in existence. Individually, many are rare, but combined, they affect 1 in 6 people.

We provide practical help on all aspects of living with aphasia, emotional support such as counselling, phone befriending and group therapy and social activities to people with aphasia from all over the UK from our centre in Liverpool.

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Contact The Brain Charity now

Our friendly Information & Advice Officers are here to help. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries within 10 working days.

0151 298 2999

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  • Please tell us which neurological condition you are affected by and what you need support with.

Caring for someone with aphasia

We support carers, friends and family too

Are you a carer for or relative of someone with aphasia? It’s just as important for you to look after your own physical and mental wellbeing too.

The Brain Charity provides free support for carers, friends and family of people with any form of neurological condition, including aphasia, from anywhere in the UK.

We also run an additional carers advocacy service for all carers in Liverpool, regardless of which type of condition the person they care for has.

You don’t need to be a formal or registered carer

We can help you even if you don’t view yourself as a formal carer or claim Carer’s Allowance. Find out some of the ways we support carers below.

Other resources

The Brain Charity's library

The library at the Brain Charity has a range of resources on aphasia.

Support groups

Stroke Friends aphasia support group at The Brain Charity

A stroke and aphasia support group meets on Monday afternoons at The Brain Charity 2-4pm.

Other charities

Stroke Association

The Community Centre, Formosa Dr, Liverpool L10 7LQ

Website: www.stroke.org.uk

Helpline: 0303 303 3100

Aphasia Re-connect

17 Elm Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 4JB

Website: aphasiareconnect.org

Helpline: 078 8528 8943

I CAN (for children and young people)

Unit 31, Angel Gate, Goswell Rd, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 2PT

Website: ican.org.uk

Helpline: 020 7843 2544

Afasic - Voice for Life (for children and young people)

15 Old Ford Rd, London E2 9PJ

Website: www.afasic.org.uk

Helpline: 0300 666 9410