(Alexia; Word Blindness; Text Blindness; Visual Aphasia)
|Stroke—Most Common Cause of Alexic Anomia|
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- Inability to read with understanding
- Ability to write, but not read what you have written
- Speech-language therapy—to help you use your ability to communicate, regain lost abilities, learn to make up for language problems, and learn other methods to communicate
- Counseling —to help you cope with your condition and help your family learn how to communicate with you
- Individualized rehabilitation program—to focus on what caused your condition
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables .
- Limit salt and fat in your diet.
- If you smoke, quit .
- If you drink, limit your intake.
- Maintain a healthy weight .
- Control your blood pressure .
- Ask your doctor if you should take aspirin .
- Properly treat and control chronic conditions such as diabetes .
- If you have signs of a stroke, get help right away.
National Aphasia Association http://www.aphasia.org
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders http://www.nidcd.nih.gov
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov
Aphasia Institute http://www.aphasia.ca
Brain Injury Association of Alberta http://www.biaa.ca
Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada http://ww2.heartandstroke.ca
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