One Aphasia Action

One Aphasia Action: Introduction

The social distancing recommended to contain COVID-19 is particularly difficult for people with aphasia. Isolation is not a friend of communication, and it can be frustrating to have your routine derailed, especially when it comes to lost speech therapy appointments.

While some therapists are offering remote, video appointments, other therapists aren’t able to make the jump online. At the same time, clients may also lack the necessary tools or internet connection for continuing speech therapy appointments from home.

Even if you are continuing with remote speech therapy, you may be looking for small, actionable activities you can do from home that will help you retain speech progress.

What Is One Aphasia Action?

We’ve compiled a list of things you can do to keep up your speech progress from home.

Every day — starting tomorrow — we’ll post one activity early in the morning and share a link to the post on Facebook and Twitter.

Try every activity, even if you only do it once. Keep doing the activities you like, repeating them the next day along with the new activity, and drop the ones that don’t work for you.

We hope that by the end of the first week, you’ll have an hour-long (or longer!) new habit that will help you retain the progress you’ve made on regaining speech after an aphasia diagnosis or maintaining speech after a primary progressive aphasia diagnosis.

What If I Miss the First Day?

This works best if you start on Day 1 and work at your own pace, even if you’re finding this project after it has started. After 30 days, either continue doing the activities you’ve enjoyed from your first 30 days, or start the cycle again with Day 1.

Or spread out the activities. For instance, do Day 1 on Monday, Day 2 on Wednesday, and Day 3 on Friday. While it’s best to go in order, it is not important to complete the activities in 30 days.

List of One Aphasia Actions

Looking for more activities? Here are 20 more One Aphasia Action activities from 2020’s Aphasia Awareness Month.

This is not a special speech therapy program, nor should it be used in place of recommendations from your speech therapist. It is general advice of speech-rich activities that can supplement speech therapy work or help individuals to not lose progress while they are isolated at home. We cannot give individual recommendations.



  • Oliver
    April 1, 2020 at 10:38 am

    At a time like this, all suggested activities are welcomed. Thanks. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Anonymous
    April 1, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you xxxxxx

  • Tom Broussard
    April 6, 2020 at 12:35 pm

    “Those actions which appear the most insignificant, if only they are constantly repeated, will form for us in the course of weeks or months or years an enormous total which is inscribed in organic memory in the form of ineradicable habits (pg. 209).”
    The Education of the Will; The Theory and Practice of Self-Culture, (1914).
    Jules Payot, a friend of Santiago Ramon y Cajal (1898), Pioneer of modern Neuroscience.

    Thank you NAA…the One Aphasia Action is a GREAT way to initiate a habit that becomes part of successful living with people with aphasia! Thanks!

  • Steve
    May 13, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Thank you for doing this I will follow the thirty day action

  • Sue Cox
    May 14, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    I think I’ve deleted the link to sign up for these activities in error. Please can you resend?

  • John M Brumit
    July 15, 2020 at 9:59 am

    Instead of singing, sometimes I close my eyes.

  • heather
    July 15, 2020 at 10:32 am

    I too quickly deleted the link to add my email for the One Apasia Action activities Can you add me so can do these activities daily?
    Thank you. 🙂

  • Melissa Ford
    July 16, 2020 at 10:02 am

    We don’t have a daily email for these activities. You can bookmark the post and return to it every morning—all the links are already uploaded in the post.

  • John Bridenhagen
    August 12, 2020 at 10:19 am

    When is next chat August 24 2020 ?

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