Aphasia in Deaf People

People who are deaf and communicate with sign language can also experience aphasia. For people who are deaf from an early age, sign language is often their primary language. The ability to sign is stored in the same area of the brain as verbal language is for people who communicate by speaking.

Because of this, if a deaf person has a stroke that impacts the language centers of the brain, they are likely to experience aphasia. They might have difficulty making signs and/or understanding others’ signs. Reading and writing will also be affected in a similar fashion as someone who communicates verbally.

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