Aphasia Awareness Walk
About the Aphasia Awareness Walk
The Aphasia Awareness Walk is an annual event dedicated to raising awareness and celebrating individuals with aphasia and their families by gathering community support. Proceeds from the walk benefit the group and individual services provided at the Barkley Speech Language and Hearing Clinic for individuals with aphasia. Proceeds also support the Aphasia Community Partners Program, which matches individuals with aphasia with people from the community to go on once-a-week outings and form relationships to maintain quality of life and involvement.
What is aphasia?
Aphasia is a disorder of understanding and using symbols, most evident in difficulty using or understanding language. Symbols can include words, letters, numbers, signs and more. Aphasia is caused by damage to the brain, often as a result of a stroke.
Aphasia IS NOT a loss of intelligence, memories, knowledge or hearing.
What is communication?
Two-thirds of all communication is non-verbal. Communication can include spoken words, written words, drawing, gestures, facial expressions and more. It is how we share thoughts, stories, information, wants and needs. Communication is how we connect with others – our family, friends, coworkers and other people in our communities.
How can I communicate with people with aphasia?
- Be creative – As you speak, use gestures, facial expressions, writing, drawing, and pictures and photos.
- Keep it simple – Speak in short, simple sentences. Slow down.
- Be patient – Wait longer for them to respond. Talk with them, not for them.
- Relax – When you appear calm and patient, you are communicating your interest.
- Confirm – Repeat back what you think they say and ask if it is correct.