Aphasia and Intelligence

Many people call me with questions about aphasia and often say their loved ones have “forgotten” what things are called.  I quickly correct them, saying they have not forgotten, they just can’t get the right words out.  Having aphasia does not mean a person’s intelligence has been affected.  It’s just difficult for them to form the words correctly.  Imagine knowing what you want to say, but your mouth just won’t form the words.   You haven’t forgotten what an object is; you just can’t say its name.  It’s not a memory issue.  It’s a language issue.   This is so important when dealing with someone affected by aphasia.

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