Aphasia is a language difficulty caused by damage to the brain. People with aphasia may have difficulty with:

  • Talking
  • Listening (understanding what others say)
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Using numbers
  • Using gestures.

People with aphasia are competent and intelligent.

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Aphasia may affect:
  • Everyday communication
  • Relationships
  • Everyday living
Aphasia may also be called:
  • Dysphasia (dis – phaze – yuh)
  • Anomia (difficulty finding words)

What causes aphasia?

  • Head injury, tumours, or infections and inflammation in the brain may be other causes.
  • Aphasia affects every person differently. Some people have only mild difficulties, others have very severe communication problems.
  • People with aphasia are competent and intelligent.
  • People with aphasia still have thoughts, opinions and emotions.
  • People with aphasia can still solve problems.
  • People with aphasia can still hear and see.
  • People with aphasia can still make decisions.
  • People with aphasia often know what they want to say, but have difficulties getting their messages out.

Aphasia Research

Want to learn more about aphasia research in Australia? Visit the Centre for Clinical Research Excellence (CCRE) for access to the latest research into aphasia rebahilitation.


Would you like to learn more about our volunteering opportunities? Click here to discover how you can give back to the aphasia community.

Causes and Management

Visit the Stroke Foundation to learn more about the causes and management of aphasia, as well as support, treatment and prevention programs.