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How Do You Treat Aphasia?

The next time someone asks you, “But how do you treat aphasia?” you have an answer. Share our video giving a quick overview of how speech therapy is used to restore or create new methods of communication.

So How Do You Treat Aphasia?

How do you treat aphasia? One option begins by connecting with a speech-language pathologist.

A speech therapist will tailor the therapy to fit the individual. They’ll begin with an initial assessment to determine the extent of the communication issues.

The therapist and client will also set communication goals. Treatment is aimed at restoring communication abilities or creating new ways of communicating to compensate for language difficulties.

Some therapy sessions may take place in an office, either alone or with a group. Other sessions may take place in a public area such as a restaurant or store, so people can practice what they’ve learned.

Therapists may give exercises to practice at home in order to reinforce new concepts.

They may also suggest communication aids to use indefinitely or while the person is relearning speech and writing skills.

The National Aphasia Association has an affiliate database where you can find speech therapists in your area.

To access our database, go to aphasia.org and navigate to the “Find Support” feature in the top menu.

Aphasia.org has additional information and resources on treating aphasia.

Comments

3 Comments

  • Pat downing
    March 16, 2019 at 4:25 am

    Hello my name Pat Downing.
    Uk. I have had 6 months. Helped me.
    I had my Stroke . October 2017.
    My Aphasia have.
    Takes long. Can’t talk on phone.
    Upset. Head ache every day.
    I now help text.
    Some people, family’s don’t understand

  • Tyrone Thompson
    August 14, 2019 at 8:50 am

    Hello my name Tyrone Thompson. I had my stroke 2005, 2012. Can’t talk on phone. Brain/pain every day. Some people, family’s don’t understand!!!!

  • Sonji Stevenson-Patr
    August 16, 2019 at 7:44 am

    My aphasia was temporary, but some symptoms still persist 8 months later. I still mispronounce or garble words when speaking. I have some challenges finding words at times. Speaking requires more concentration now. One benefit: I have to speak more slowly and deliberately. Most people think I sound normal, but they cannot see what is going on inside my head. Where can I find more stats about aphasia — more specifically about men of color or Latina women?

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