Aphasia article image from Johnson & Johnson website

Dr. Leora Cherney Quoted on Aphasia

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A recent National Aphasia Awareness Month article on Johnson & Johnson’s health news website includes quotes from Leora Cherney, PhD, director, Center for Aphasia Research and Treatment, describing the difference between “nonfluent aphasia” and “fluent aphasia”

In nonfluent aphasia, patients struggle to form sentences. In fluent aphasia, people can speak in long, complete sentences — but they struggle with meaning.

“We often call this ‘word salad,’” said Dr. Cherney. “They may use the wrong words or make up words entirely.”

Dr. Cherney then explained how aphasia can lead to confusion and frustration.

"They try to read something and can’t recognize the words,” she said. “Or they try to say something, and it comes out sounding like gibberish.”