What is speech therapy for aphasia?
Speech therapy for persons with aphasia takes a three-pronged approach. We target:
1. Reduction of the impairment. Therapy activities targeting this area challenge the client to use the impaired language systems, encouraging neurological "re-wiring" of the brain.
2. Use of compensatory strategies. All humans use gestures, writing, drawing, and facial expressions to supplement verbal communication. People with aphasia benefit from training in the use of these and other strategies to support verbal communication and enhance overall communication abilities.
3. Communication partner training. Communication always occurs between two or more people. There is much we (family, friends, and the greater community) can do to create a communication friendly environment, and to assist people with aphasia during communication exchanges.