Monday, May 31, 2010

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month

June is National Aphasia Awareness Month. The National Aphasia Association has designated June as a time to highlight this language disorder faced by approximately 1 million Americans.

If you have found this article, you are probably very aware of the affects of Aphasia and do not need anyone to highlight this language disorder.

I work with Aphasic persons everyday. I know firsthand that Aphasia affects the communication and not the intellect of the person suffering from Aphasia.

Please help me this month to inform the American public of what Aphasia is and is not.

Please tell people that Aphasia affects about 1 million Americans. Anyone can experience aphasia. Aphasia cannot be prevented. Currently, there is no 'cure' for Aphasia. Speech therapy can help, but the therapy does not guarantee a cure.

Most importantly, tell the public that persons suffering from Aphasia are Okay. Please tell people to allow a little more time to speak to persons with Aphasia.

Ask people to talk to Aphasic persons as much as they can. If this would happen, June would be a happier month for everyone. Happy June!

Kimberly Robbins, MS CCC-SLP,