Most people with aphasia experience difficulty with writing. An acquired difficulty with writing is sometimes called dysgraphia or agraphia. Often, a person’s writing resembles their verbal speech. Some people will find writing easier than speaking. People with aphasia might experience difficulty with writing that ranges from none at all to severe.
- Little to no impairment: Writing is intact with only minor errors. Someone might experience difficulty with word-finding in writing, similar to what they experience in speaking. This level of impairment is common in conduction aphasia and anomic aphasia.
- Mild impairment: Difficulty with word-finding and writing longer or more complex information. Spelling complex words is difficult.
- Moderate impairment: Able to write words and short phrases. Sentence structure and grammar are not present. Spelling errors are common.
- Severe impairment: Writing is severely impaired, and the person might not be able to write at all. Common in global and Wernicke’s aphasia.