Aphasia is a language disorder that impacts a person’s ability to communicate. Aphasia is typically caused by a stroke, brain injury or brain tumor and treatment.
Language difficulties associated with aphasia can cause difficulty with the following:
- Understanding what other people are saying
- Using gestures
Aphasia does not reduce a person’s intelligence.
Speech-Language Pathology Evaluation & Therapy
Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP) have specialty training in evaluating individuals with aphasia. Your assessment may include some of the following tasks:
- Stating personal information (name, birthdate, etc.)
- Answering yes / no questions
- Following single and multi-step directions
- Naming pictures or objects
- Answering open ended questions
- Participating in conversation
Using this information, your SLP will identify your areas of communication strength and weakness, and develop a tailored therapy plan to help maximize and improve your language skills. Your SLP will implement a person-centered approach and focus on life participation as you learn to live with aphasia.
National Aphasia Association: https://www.aphasia.org/?nowprocket=1
American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA): https://www.asha.org/practice-portal/clinical-topics/aphasia/
Aphasia Access: https://www.aphasiaaccess.org/
Australian Aphasia Research Pathway: http://www.aphasiapathway.com.au/
Aphasia Institute: https://www.aphasia.ca/
Aphasia You Tube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/aphasiachannel/playlists
Aphasia, Imagine Life Without Words: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGyOKItHS9Y
Aphasia - Supported Communication Example: https://www.aphasia.ca/example-of-sca/