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Can Speech Therapy Really Help With Aphasia?

Aphasia is a communication disorder that occurs after brain injury. It can affect how easily you speak, understand what people are saying, or both. A speech-language pathologist (SLP) can work with you to help you regain the communication skills that are more difficult due to aphasia. Depending on the nature and severity of your aphasia, therapy sessions will include various different activities.

Speech therapy for aphasia can…

-Teach you strategies to help with word-finding (e.g., when you can’t think of the word you want to say, or you use the wrong words altogether);

-Help you to say longer sentences again, if saying single words has become easier;

-Help you find ways to make it easier to understand what other people are saying;

-Make it easier to communicate with the other people in your life as part of your recovery to independence.

Having your loved ones participate in therapy sessions is helpful so they can learn about your aphasia and therapy strategies with you. Your SLP will also give you activities to practice at home, such as word games, writing out grocery lists, reading news articles, etc. to help you maintain progress.

If you or a loved one have aphasia and would benefit from speech therapy, contact our office to get started! Our speech therapists will be happy to help you on your road to recovery.

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