Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that control language and can cause problems with any or all of the following: speaking, listening, reading and writing. Expressive aphasia occurs when an individual has trouble using words and or forming sentences. Some characteristics of expressive aphasia include speaking in short, fragmented phrases, putting words in the wrong order, making up words, and switching sounds and/or words. With expressive aphasia, the person knows what he or she wants to say yet has difficulty communicating it to others. It doesn't matter whether the person is trying to say or write what he or she is trying to communicate. There are many types of treatment available and the type of treatment depends on the needs and goals of the person with aphasia.