What is Aphasia?
Aphasia typically occurs suddenly after a stroke or a head injury. But it can also come on gradually from brain tumours or degenerative medical conditions that affect the language areas of the brain.
Aphasia may affect single or multiple aspects of language modalities, such as the ability to retrieve object names, ability to construct sentences, and ability to understand others. As a result, this has a significant impact in one’s interactions with others in the community.
The severity of aphasia ranges from being very mild to very severe, where communication may be a challenge for the individual. While people with aphasia may present differently in terms of their severity and communication styles, it is fundamental that we assist them in expressing their wants and needs from the start of their recovery process.
There are various strategies which we can utilise to facilitate our communication and interaction with those who have aphasia. This enhances one’s ability to express their message to their communication partner(s) and allows them to be involved in different social activities within their community. Strategies are essential to allow people with aphasia to communicate as effectively as possible with their communication partner(s).
Here are some Dos and Don’ts when interacting with people who have aphasia:
Interacting with people who have aphasia can be challenging at times, however, it is crucial that we adopt these strategies to ensure that they are able to communicate effectively with you and others in the community.
What to do now
If you know someone who has aphasia and/or is having difficulties to communicate with others, give us a call at Generation Physio & Allied Health, we have a friendly team of professionals that are dedicated to changing lives of our clients. All our clinicians are mobile and come to your own home to conduct an examination. Give us a call on 1300 122 884 to book a consultation today.
Article Written By Jasmine Ting
Jasmine is a Speech-Language Pathologist at Generation Physio and Allied Health. She has recently had graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Speech Pathology (Honours) and is a certified practicing member of Speech Pathology Australia (SPA).
During her clinical placements, Jasmine worked with clients across a wide age range in different settings (i.e childcare centres, hospitals, schools, clinics, and private practice). Through these extensive placements, she has gained experience in providing assessments and therapy in the areas of speech, language, literacy, swallowing, and multi-modal communication.
Learn more about Jasmine here.