Broca’s Aphasia (Non-Fluent Aphasia)

Megan: Can you tell us your name? Mike: I’m Mike Caputo. Megan: And Mike, when was your stroke? Mike: I was um, seven years ago. Megan: And what did you used to do? Mike: Um, well, um, worked, um, Autodesk. Um. Seven, seven, (cued “s”) Sales. Sales. Worldwide. And very good, yeah. Megan: And who are you looking at over there? When you turn your head? Mike: That’s my wife. Megan: Okay, and why is she helping you to
talk? Mike: Um, she’s…Speech. Um. Megan: So you have trouble with your speech? Mike: Yeah. Megan: What’s that called? Mike: Aphasia. Megan: And so why don’t you work now? Mike: Um, I, I, well I do! Megan: What do you do now? Mike: Voices of Hope Aphasia. Megan: What is Voices of Hope? Mike: Um, Peterburg, um Peterberg.
(St. Petersburg, Florida) Um, and um, Dr Hinckley
and um, and um, myself, um, founder. Founder for me. And um, I, I um, members, um, members,
um, the, the uh, members, probably seven-, six zero people. Megan: So 60 people are part of Voices of
Hope, which is an aphasia support group that you founded, and Dr. Jackie Hinckley is part
of that. Mike: Yes. Megan: Okay. Great. [Wife: It’s not a support group.] Mike: No, it’s programs. It’s it’s, um, three month, three
days. Um, um, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. And the, the um, and they laugh, and and talked,
and um, music, hear this this beautiful, it’s… Megan: Great. Can you tell me, what does it feel like to
have aphasia? Mike: Um it’s, it’s hard, it’s um, well it’s
um, speech, it’s like, um, words that don’t understand. Brain is good, you know, um, but it’s um,
speech like um, I don’t know, it’s like um, words, yuk! [laughs] Megan: Alright, thank you so much. Bye-bye.


  • Cristián Arenas Ulloa

    How does it affect reading and writing?

  • What about in autism. My grandson finds writing the hardest. I'm just wondering if the same area in the brain might be affected also.

  • Me during a presentation

  • Forgive me, but based on what I see, he is very fortunate. I don't know too many folks that recover from a stroke with speaking and interpreting functions.

  • Can people with aphasia write normal sentences or is their entire lexicon scrambled up?

  • Thank Mr. Caputo for sharing your experience with us. You look like at a really laid back guy!

  • Can any drugs cause this? Some times when I take oxycodone for my chronic pain I'll have trouble getting my words out but other times they greatly improve my speech.

  • it's like trying to speak a foreign language

  • Thanks for uploading, helpul for medical students and doctors

  • He's a much better human than me

  • Hugo Desrosiers-Plaisance

    Thanks for this video, and HUGE thanks to Mr Caputo for accepting to share his experience for educational purposes!

  • thank you for sharing!

  • Thank you for letting us understand this better! I'm a student trying to wrap my head around this

  • I used to have a speech impediment from kindergarden and up to freshmen year of high school. I had it since I was born. I used to talk like this in the beginning and I could not put together sentences. I never talked to anyone my elementary years which was good now that I think of it because I would have gotten used to speaking the wrong way.

    Anyways I only said yes or no for 7 years straight and everyone assumed I was shy. Anyways the more I listened to broadcasts and peoples voices over and over while playing Minecraft and using the chat to form sentences, the better I was at speaking. What probably fixed this issue was when I was in academic decathlon last year and we are given these huge packets, about 4 of them. We would read this outloud by popcorn reading. I always hoped I wasn't picked but I was. Anyways when I got home, each day, I would read the packets vocally one word at a time. Although I had super sonic reading skills, reading them aloud was a pain. After each day of reading them outloud each day for a duration of about 3 months,I was an excellent speecher, and I quick one.

    I spoke whatever came into my mind. Although I'm still incapable of some things. Whenever I talk, I actually don't HEAR what I'm saying until after I'm done. Not sure how other people talk to be honest, maybe that's the same for everyone. Also I'm incapable of hearing and doing something at the same time. I mean, they take a while to transition between the two states. Those two part of the brains can't work at the same time. That's why I'm horrible with auditory instructions like "pass the paper" although if I read it I'm good.

    I guess the point I'm trying to say is, if you have a stroke on part of the brain, DO NOT USE IT. You want that part to shrink as much as possible. Mine was not talking to anyone thus I didn't let the DEFECTIVE part of me grow. Sure it took 4-5 years of absolutely no talking to shrink it down, but once it was shrunk down small enough, I was able to repair it and make it grow.

  • that was amazing to watch, thank you for spreading the word, dude! with me, it takes some time to find the words and it's really frustrating to not know how to put words together to make a sentence, and i don't even have aphasia, so seeing people with aphasia being able to manage having normal lives really inspires me.
    also, thanks for putting subtitles, english isn't my first language so it gets pretty hard to understand certain stuff sometimes lol

  • That's so sad! It seems like his thinking is intact but he just can't express it. I imagine it is incredibly frustrating! Are other forms of communication affected, like writing, doing math, singing etc?

  • Thank you

  • Thank you for the footage, helped me a lot for my studying.

  • Thank you tactustherapy and Mr. Caputo for sharing this video. I am currently a SPTA getting ready for my board exam and thi s video really helped me with understanding the differences between the aphasia's specifically brocas and wernickes.

  • what a lovely guy

  • This case looks like Transcortical motor aphasia. This gentlemen able to repeat words and phrases. In Broca's aphasia, person has a problem with repeat words and phrases, also has difficulties to find right words.

  • Usually people with Broca’s Aphasia are completely normal but just have trouble speaking. Think of it as a phone or radio. The brain knows processes the words and knows what it wants to say, but the signals get fuzzy when they are actually talking.

  • For those of you who don't realize or are too stupid, how he describes aphasia, is a particularity interesting example.

  • Thank you so much this is me !

  • This made me cry… he's taking his ailment well.

  • This is exactly what is happening to me but it just starting happening this morning. I can type just fine and I know what I want to say but can’t get the words out. I had a couple strokes two years ago but this is new.

  • Thank you. I hope you will recover soon <3

  • I think I have this but not as much, I have hemipeligia (right) and as I get older it gets worse

  • Very helpful Sir Caputo. Respect.🙌

  • 🙁 why am I crying

  • Christopher Stock Jr.

    I'm so happy that this man the right hand support of his wife and when he really ends a sentence strong you can hear how fucking proud she is. That being said I can't stop thinking how this is the way Charlie Kelly lives his life and then I couldn't stop laughing and I do kinda feel bad.

  • I feel really sad for him 🙁

  • I thought Wernicke's sounded frustrating, but this is even more frustrating.

  • Melanie Grijalva

    Bless him

  • He seems like such a kind man!

  • Matthew Rogers

    My mother suffered a severe AVM rupture – one that ER doctors the night-of said would kill her. She hung on through life-support though, and spent the next month 1/2 in ICU, and then another two months in rehab. Her speech has been very compromised by the stroke. One word answers come fairly easy, as do common phrases like "I Love You." She'll give thumbs-up with ease, and even roll her eyes and laugh at jokes and what not. She'll also mouth entire verses and choruses in songs. But when asked to go into detail about a topic, she can't find the words to form sentences, and ultimately just stutters. It's utterly heart-breaking. Videos like this are so unbelievably crucial for family members (like myself) when it comes to understanding how aphasia works, and what's to be expected following a severe stroke. Thank you very much, Mr. Caputo, for sharing your story.

  • Is his broca's aphasia more on the mild side?

  • Moustafa Mohsen

    Me when talking to girls

  • Thank you so much for sharing. I have a question – Do people with Broca's aphasia get frustrated since they can still understand but lack the motor planning?

  • mini dwarfdude

    Must be weird to not have the ability to speak fluently, even if you are fluent

  • I wish i had someone to help me, someone there for a lil moral support. So things wouldn't always be sooo scary

    I think ill check out this group. I've gotta take alot of pride in the small things ive been able to accomplish at this point. I chose online tools and practicing over and over and over.
    Unfortunately, I've worked a long time on my penmanship and just overall writing and there's been zero progress. I can't read my own handwriting. I still keep practicing though. Like an idiot.

  • Thank you Mike!!!

  • I helped a customer at work yesterday who spoke just like this. I immediately remembered seeing this video in Psychology class a few years ago. Never thought I would meet someone with this condition, given that there are only about 1 million sufferers in the US.

  • thank you and thanks mr. caputo. very awesome educational video. hope you heave got better

  • I wonder if he can write

  • CrisCarl dustinfaith122112

    14 stupid people disliked the sharing by mr. Caputo.

  • 3:33 "brain is good"
    he's a zombie

  • Thanks to mr caputo for sharing his experience. I can tell he's such a lovely person and very much appreciate the inniciative to create a support group! Go mr caputo!!

  • Hang in there Mike! I know how you feel, exactly.
    20 years ago I had a stroke with no treatment. In my mind I was saying the right things, but when I spoke it was gibberish. I still work on my language, and the keyboard helps, it gives me order and continuity.

  • Mike is on a Royal Caribbean ship. I have just has a stroke and have expressive aphasia.My brain is still pretty scamble and cannot remeber much in short term.I cannot write but I can still type.

  • بدر القحطاني

    What did he mean the last word in fainal video at 3:41

  • Thank you so kindly, Mr. Caputo. I cannot imagine how frustrating this must be for you.

  • Words yuck

  • Such a lovely wife 😀 supporting her husband

  • Med student here very appreciative

  • Thank you Mr Caputo for sharing, you have really helped me to get an idea of what this sort of aphasia is.

  • Thank you Mr Mike Caputo.
    God bless you sweetheart

  • This helped me understand my AP Psychology module better!

  • Me at an oral Spanish test.

  • this was very useful for my study! (psychology) Thanks for uploading and I have a lot of respect for you sir! 🙂

  • Mike Caputo is an inspiration. Seeing him laugh and being positive is giving hope to many who may be affected by this. Wish you and your wife the best!

  • thank you for sharing. good job!

  • This what foreigners think I sound like when I try to speak Spanish.

  • Pavithra Chandrasena

    We are very grateful to mr. Caputo for featuring in the video. For people like us who are learning it's invaluable.

  • Just curious do they know what they sound like? Or do they hear themselves as talking normally?

  • Would someone with Aphasia be able to communicate better via sign language? What if someone already uses sign language and suffers a stroke leaving them with Aphasia, would they be fine communicating via sign language?

  • My Dad has just had a stroke a couple days ago. He is currently struggling to complete sentences and is searching for words. I would characterize him currently as a little worse then Mike is in this video. Because the stroke was only a couple days ago, does my dad have a likelihood of gaining his speech abilities back? He is going to an acute rehabilitation center.

  • He cant use his right arm , can he?

    Also is there any condition that both wernicks area and brocas area are affected?

  • Thank you so much for helping me. May God bless you always! 😊 4/3/2019

  • Mr. Caputo, God bless you! What strength to go through such a terrible thing and come out the other side fighting to work! Inspiring. Thank you.

  • This is what Aubrey Plaza has!!!! Now I understand!

  • I have a question! Is he able to express his thoughts fluently through writing?

  • (( Words Yukk )) What a wonderful description of Broca's aphasia.
    thanks, Mr. Caputo.

  • I had two small strokes a few years ago. I never heard of this until today on YouTube. (Thanks doctors-not)
    My aphasia isn’t as severe as the folks I’ve watched today, but I do struggle with words. Some days are worse than others. People don’t understand and are very impatient with me which makes me angry. I don’t talk much to anyone anymore because of this. They think I’m stupid. I think they’re assholes. Touché.

  • "It's like words …. YUCK."
    What a great fella.
    I Hope they find more about this, it's very curious indeed … i heard Michael Stevens from VSauce mention Broca's area and looked it up, this is the video I found. Best of luck and hope for those with brain injuries.

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  • good luck m8

  • Vivi Christin

    God bless you sir

  • bnb sent me here

  • Shrenjal Chaure

    Can they write normally?

  • What a wonderful person you are, Mike Caputo. Thank you for sharing this! God bless you.

  • I've noticed the same sort of result occurs under the influence of LSD

  • Wishing him well…and everyone else battling a disorder/illness.

  • Nicolas Noguera

    Thanks a lot for this.

  • So I says to the guy, I says to him, I says,

    it certainly beats wernicke's aphasia! he can easily understand people.

  • sellbotvpmaster99

    Thanks for this and the Wernicke's videos. I feel deeply for these patients–they are classic examples of each aphasia.

  • Julie Элизабет

    His speech reminds me a lot of mine only a little more severe. Mine came from out of nowhere and I don't think I had a stroke but it sounds very similar.

  • Thank you Mr. Caputo!

  • Lemons & Listerine

    Can my annoying sister get this?

  • they should use his description of how it feels to have Broca's in textbooks man 3:15–3:50

  • How very eloquently put, "Brain is good, you know?….. Words, yuck!" Indeed, that couldn't have been put better 🙂
    Thank you Mr Mike for sharing and expressing yourself with the world. Voices of Hope sounds wonderful! I like how you and your wife clarified that it is a program, something with a purpose that you are clearly passionate about. I hope you and the program are doing well.

  • hes good!!!

  • bhavya sri sai vejendla

    very helpful for understanding Brocas aphasia … thank you Mr. Caputo
    and i think you are having right hemiplegia looking at your right hand feels like it just assuming because i cant see your leg movement

  • Thank u Mr. Mike Caputo..For ua contribution towards education…lots of love

  • Thank you so much, Mr. Caputo, for your contribution to society – for providing others with similar struggles with hope, and for providing healthcare students (and others) with the awareness so that we too can help in the future.

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