Help for Aphasia
June 2, 2021
By Stephanie Teale-Sanchez, M.S., CCC-SLP
Individuals who have had a stroke often experience aphasia. Aphasia is a communication disorder that negatively affects the understanding and use of language. The effects of aphasia are not only limited to talking and listening, but also to reading and writing. Someone with aphasia has difficulty “finding words,” substitutes one word for another, or has difficulty following directions.
Here are some tips for communicating with someone who has aphasia:
- Keep communication simple—try asking yes/no questions.
- Give extra time to respond.
- Allow any and all means of communication including gestures, writing, or drawing.
Patients who have aphasia can see a speech-language pathologist for evaluation and treatment strategies. At the Midwestern University Speech-Language Institute, clinical faculty work with graduate student clinicians to help both children and adults overcome anything that makes communication challenging.
For more information on stroke and aphasia, visit the American Heart Association at heart.org or the National Aphasia Association at aphasia.org.
The information contained in this article is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, care, or treatment. Always consult a qualified healthcare provider for questions regarding any possible medical condition.
Stephanie Teale-Sanchez, M.S., CCC-SLP, is a Clinical Associate Professor for Speech-Language Pathology at the Midwestern University Therapy Institute in Glendale, Arizona. The Speech-Language Institute in Downers Grove, Illinois and Glendale, Arizona utilize the latest technology and research to evaluate and treat a wide range of speech, language, and swallowing disorders for both children and adults, at affordable prices. For information or to schedule an appointment:
Downers Grove, Illinois
630-743-4500 | https://www.mwuclinics.com/illinois/services/specialty/speech-language
623-537-6000 | https://www.mwuclinics.com/arizona/services/therapy/speech-language