The ABCs of Aphasia - A stroke primer

About the Book

Your loved one has had a stroke … and now has aphasia. Where do you start?

This book is written about, by, and for people with aphasia. This aphasia-friendly primer should be in the hands of every person who has just started the family journey of stroke, aphasia, and recovery.

Most people know something about strokes, but very few know much about aphasia. Approximately 25% to 40% of people who have a stroke acquire aphasia. It is a communication disorder, typically from a stroke, with language problems including reading, writing, and speaking.

There are about 2.5 million people with aphasia in the United States, more than many other common conditions including cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, or muscular dystrophy.

Aphasia is a serious language disorder that few people have ever heard of!

This book is dedicated to helping people with aphasia, their family, and caregivers, as well as educating the wider public about aphasia, as part of the “Aim High for Aphasia!” Aphasia Awareness Campaign.

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About the Author

Thomas G. Broussard, Jr., Ph.D., and Three-Time Stroke Survivor and Johnny Appleseed of Aphasia Awareness was an associate dean at The Heller School at Brandeis University until his stroke in 2011. After the stroke, he could not read, write, or speak well. He started Stroke Educator, Inc., with a national Aphasia Awareness Campaign dedicated to educating the wider public about aphasia, a life-changing language disorder that few people have ever heard of!

Since then, he has spoken (in person and online) in 26 states, giving over 225 presentations to more than 5,000 people with stroke and aphasia, and to their families, caregivers, clinicians, and students.