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~ Written by Kristi Witt, Speech Language Pathologist at MGP Member Group, ENT Surgery Group, PC
Stroke is the #5 cause of death in the U.S., and a leading cause of disability. Aphasia effects over 2 million people, but most people don't know what it is. It is a language disorder, usually caused by stroke, that can drastically impair one’s ability to communicate.
Aphasia can diminish one’s capacity to use language in basic daily activities, and can lead to depression, social withdrawal, and erosion of relationships. A certified Speech Language Pathologist can evaluate aphasia, determine which communicative mechanisms are affected by this disorder, and plan appropriate treatment strategies.