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Aphasia Awareness month 2022
June 1 @ 8:00 am – June 30 @ 5:00 pm AEST
June marks Aphasia Awareness month.
According to the National Aphasia Association, approximately 25% to 40% of people who survive a Stroke experience aphasia.
Aphasia is different from person to person, however, some symptoms may include:
- Trouble speaking
- Struggling to find the ‘right’ words
- Difficulty understanding what others are saying, especially when the person is tired or is in a crowded or loud environment
- Trouble using numbers or doing simple calculations
- Problems understanding written material and difficulties with handwriting.
Aphasia does NOT impair the person’s intelligence!
Here are 3 ways that you can get involved in Aphasia Awareness month this year!
- Learn more about Aphasia. You can watch a video here https://youtu.be/XF2g18wrNg0 or visit our website (https://strokensw.org.au/what-is-aphasia/).
- Join our online guest speaker presentations:
- Explaining and understanding Aphasia” – Thursday, 23rd June 2022 at 2:00pm. Presented by Dijana Dragicevich, Speech Pathologist Clinical Researcher and PHD Candidate, Royal North Shore Hospital.
- Please bear with me” – Thursday, 30th June 2022 at 2:00pm. An online forum in which several long-time members of the Association will answer questions from the audience about their lived experience of Aphasia.
3. Share information about Aphasia with your friends and family to raise awareness.
For more information about Aphasia, to get involved, or to learn about your local Aphasia friendly Stroke support group, contact the Association on 1300 650 594 or [email protected]