Aphasia Speech Therapy

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What is Aphasia?

Aphasia Speech Therapy

Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that affects over one million Americans, robbing them of their ability to communicate but keeping their intelligence entirely intact. It is the result of damage to the brain’s language centers and is most often the result of a stroke.

How To Spot Aphasia

Patients suffering from head injuries or stroke should be monitored for signs and symptoms of aphasia, which – if present – will vary according to the location and extent of the brain damage. Diagnosing aphasia typically involves a speech-language pathologist (SLP) working collaboratively with the patient’s medical team (neuropsychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, etc.) in order to provide comprehensive care and to monitor progress as speech-language skills are acquired.

There are several different types of aphasia, each manifesting different symptoms. Some people experience trouble using words and sentences, which is known as expressive aphasia and can manifest itself in one of two extremes: nonfluent and fluent. Children with nonfluent aphasia form short, staccato-like sentences such as “eat pizza lunch” or “am thirsty.” On the other hand, children with fluent aphasia form run-on sentences that are incomprehensible.

Apart from expressive aphasia, is receptive aphasia in which children have difficulties understanding people and global aphasia in which both language production and comprehension is challenging.

A Child With Aphasia May:

  • Use short or incomplete sentences
  • Accidentally substitute similar words or sounds
  • Have difficulty understanding instructions
  • Form incomprehensible sentences or speak unrecognizable words
  • Experience difficulty recalling words

What Causes Aphasia?

Aphasia is most commonly caused by stroke, though any damage to the parts of the brain that control language can cause aphasia. Traumatic brain injury, dementia, illness, progressive neurological disorders, brain tumors, and infections may also be at fault.

Aphasia Treatment

After the cause of the brain damage has been addressed, aphasia treatment primarily involves speech and language therapy. An SLP will evaluate the child’s speech, understanding, ability to express sequences of ideas, social communication, reading, and writing skills. They will then construct a treatment program that uses a variety of games and exercises aimed at improving the specific language skills that have been affected by brain trauma.

These activities may involve naming objects, following directions, or answering questions about stories. As your child’s skill and confidence increases, the games and activities will become more complex and provide new vocabulary and comprehension challenges.

Though aphasia patients may struggle with a particular communication ability, many are able to make use of other stronger language skills in order to express themselves, such as writing or using gestures. These are known as compensatory strategies and serve to support students in communicating in real life situations.

If your child is living with an aphasia, finding a quality speech-language pathologist is a top priority. At Orlando Speech, our SLPs are experienced in treating a variety of speech-language disorders and do so with unparalleled skill and compassion. We are proud to provide mobile speech therapy services to the greater Orlando, Florida area including Dr. Phillips, Sand Lake, Lake Buena Vista, Ocoee, Windermere, Winter Garden, MetroWest, Oviedo, Waterford Lakes, Winter Park, and Maitland. Call us today to learn more about our aphasia speech therapy treatment programs.

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