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Name: vann
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need to address aphasia globally
Posted at: 2022-03-12 14:15:28
No matter how far we may live, we cannot overlook or underscore our inescapable connection with other people. Aphasia is a human and a Global Phenomenon, and the long trem interest of people with Aphasia is the same in our interdependent world. How we live with this phenomenon is sommething we will all enjoy or endure. The welfare of people with aphasia will be better and well served if associations for the Aphasaic will define themselves internationally as association of the world, along with or perharps in place of their sense of political identification with their states or countries.
National Assocations may, could or should move towards a more cooperative behaviour and perhaps toward creating and empowering a World Association that would facilitate cooperation and help solve and support the needs of people with Aphasia on the Globe.
am i aphasaic
Posted at: 2022-03-12 14:10:23
While I was growing up, my parent stressed the importance of education and the need for me to have the best. I listened. Followed rules and did averagely well in school. I found out I could excel in mathematics with less retribution and my ability to solve logical and analytical problems were superior; so was my ability to comprehend. I however discovered I was technically inferior in reading and my writing ability was poor. I wrote, cancelled and rewrote several times. I struggled to come up with the right and correct spellings of words, even as simple as they seemed. This proved so difficult and elusive. Interestingly enough, I finished early, and at worst on time in my math, logic and other technical papers.

My speech and utterances were also poor, both in my local dialects and in the English language. My narrations were ill-chronicled. I began from the middle part, got to the beginning before I ended my narrations. I do recall the numerous times my uncle lamented, ‘that’s not how it’s said’ before he went on to correct the ill-chronicled speeches in my native Ga Language. I was teased by my peers for talking funny. I was nicknamed ‘I don’t like reading’ in junior school, because I refused to read in class most of the times. There were instances when people picked on me and I was simply unable to respond [because the words won’t come out right], while my peers looked on laughing. I avoided people in order to avoid this, and such-like embarrassing situations. This agoraphobic-like attitude I came to adopt, rendered me silence on issues and virtually invincible in discussions; both in class and beyond. I concentrated on doing well at school and tried to make few friends.

In my senior secondary education, I read business instead of my preferred science programme. I got some good grades and gained admission into the University Of Ghana.
As an undergraduate I knew something was wrong but I was less sure what it was or how to go about remedying them. I however was fortunate enough to have read linguistics. It was in this introductory course that my chances of knowing these distortions were born. I remember nodding my head and agreeing with most of the things you mentioned about aphasia and its’ conditions. A number of those conditions you mentioned reflected those of mine. And after that enlightening and emotional lecture, many questions that merited immediate answers ran through my mind. Was I aphasiac? How sure was I?…

I later developed a critical posture towards mastering these aphasiac conditions and my own conditions [which were not improving], in ways which may not be formally approved or expertly acknowledged but yet practical and revealing. For example I found out I had difficulties in repeating sentences. In doing so, I unconsciously replaced many of the words in the sentence with their synonyms. Sometimes, I somehow repeated them in different voices or forms, but the meanings were mostly the same. This phenomenon was present in both my writings and utterances. I also faced difficulties expressing myself verbally. I habitually used short phrases in my responses and coined my own words most of the times. One major issue was that, how I wanted to say something was not how I eventually said it. And the problem was not with the grammar most of the times. I used a lot of gestures when talking and I hardly ended my speeches.
However, some of my comments and judgments on issues were so brilliant that, it left my peers puzzled. But these seemingly brilliant speeches came in parches and were irregular.
My reading was also problematic. And no matter how hard I tried I could not read freely when reading [aloud] to another hearing. It was virtually impossible to do so even though I read perfectly and freely with my inner voice.

As I learned to trust in my own inner voice, I saw the distortion in me more clearly and became increasingly convinced that I may be Aphasiac.My communication confidence is very low now and it’s extremely difficult for me to approach people. My confidence in writing essay exams is also critically low.

Please am I Aphasaic?

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