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.