Talk to Yourself

1 Minute Aphasia Tips: Talk to Yourself

This is another tip in our series of one-minute videos aimed at delivering quick ideas you can use to make your life a little easier if you have aphasia. Things are a little different for Aphasia Awareness Month. All of our videos this month are one-minute actions you can take to practice speech from home. In fact, this was one of our One Aphasia Action tips from this past spring.

In this tip, we encourage you to talk to yourself.

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Talk to Yourself

Even if there’s someone else around… talk to yourself. Seriously, YOU are the best company you have right now, and you’re certain to have an intelligent conversation because you’re brilliant.

All kidding aside, talking to yourself is important because it’s a form of silent rehearsal.

Aphasia may cause trouble in getting out thoughts, so talking to yourself is practice for finding the right words.

Spend ten minutes talking to yourself today. (Don’t worry, we’re not going to ask you to also provide yourself with answers.) Spend the time describing something you are seeing or doing, talk about how you are feeling, or recount what you did yesterday.

Begin by silently thinking the words. Next, move your lips along with the words in your head. You can try speaking them, or if you’re having trouble getting out the words, you can sing your thoughts. Anything goes when you’re chatting with yourself.

This is just one thing you can do to practice speech from the comfort of your own home.

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  • bruce lill
    September 9, 2020 at 9:37 am

    My wife got me a recorder so I could record when I was reading books out loud. It really helped me to speak better but it made it harder to remember what I had read. After reading you tip, I’m going to start recording when I talk to my self so I can see what I really said. I already record notes to get things for the store.

  • Trish Jordan
    September 10, 2020 at 9:10 am

    I have progressed since 15 months ago.
    There are still times (1-2 times weekly) when I totally forget what I was talking about. This can be early, mid or end of sentences. Also, some word beginnings get put onto the next word and vice versa, like both words have swapped their beginnings. My GP says it is anxiety but I know it isn’t. My memory has changed and there are things I totally forget. I am doing much better than I was in rehab, but I still get very fatigued – and I think this is also impacting on my speech and retrieval. Is all this normal?

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