James’ Story

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“When I was 14 years old I suffered a brain injury which left me with physical disabilities and what we now know is Aphasia. I communicate with people in many different ways including single words, I like to draw pictures and symbols, use gestures and writes letters from the word I’m trying to say”.

Emma his sister and carer says: “He finds this effective in getting his message across but people have to be patient with him. He won’t give up until he has done it! I have asked James what it’s like to have aphasia and this is what he told me in his own way”.

“I wish I could talk but I draw instead, I like to use my iPad to find things out, the living with aphasia group makes me happy, I have learnt to communicate in different ways than to use words. It can make me frustrated sometimes.”