Aphasia Treatment at Language Fundamentals

Aphasia is a language impairment caused by some type of damage to the brain (typically but not always a stroke, head trauma or tumor).  Aphasia can come in many different forms, but they are broadly categorized into two groups:

  • Expressive aphasia- saying what you want to say

  • Receptive aphasia- understanding what is said

 

Because the human brain is a complex organ, damage to different areas will manifest aphasia in a variety of ways.  Expressive aphasia may present as difficulty finding the correct word.  Other people with aphasia may have their pattern of speech may sound right, but they often say words or sentences that don't make sense and may not be aware that they are saying the wrong words. Reading and writing are often grossly impaired.

 

Patients with this receptive aphasia usually have profound language comprehension deficits, even for single words or simple sentences. This is because individuals have damage in brain areas that are important for processing the meaning of words and spoken language. Such damage includes left posterior temporal regions of the brain, which are part of what is known as Wernicke’s area, which is why it is also known as Wernicke’s aphasia.

 

Speech Language Pathologists from Language Fundamentals are specially trained to treat patients with aphasia. After a comprehensive examination to assess the exact areas of language affected An SLP can create a comprehensive treatment plan to systematically work on language impairments with the patient.The speech therapist can work with patients with aphasia to help restore impaired language abilities as much as possible, maximize remaining language function, and learn techniques to compensate for language deficits. Compensatory techniques taught may include using gestures, using pictures, writing, or communication boards or cards.