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Using Aphasia Therapy to Empower: Taking Back Control for People with Aphasia or Stroke

Posted by Jordyn Sims, MS, CCC-SLP
Jordyn Sims, MS, CCC-SLP
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So often, people with aphasia lose control of many components of their lives; especially in the initial stages of recovery, those with aphasia need help with communicating, particularly regarding the myriad of health professionals’ appointments in the months after a stroke, hemorrhage, or trauma. 

The seemingly simple act of getting to therapy is not always so simple. Sometimes driving may not be possible, and other times just navigating to appointments is difficult. Some people may need help with activities of daily living, such as preparing meals, or doing other work around the house.

Yet through all of this, we need to remember that people with aphasia still deserve and have the right to have control over their lives in every area possible – and that includes in their therapy.

Speech-Language Pathologists (SLPs) are integral in the stroke therapy process in terms of language/cognition assessment and treatment

Indeed, an SLP can assist persons with aphasia in taking that control back, all through allowing them to influence the direction of their own therapy. Additionally, when a client is ready to be discharged, or if a client is not able to access the services of an SLP, Constant Therapy can also help clients to take control of their own therapy – clients are able to adjust their therapy program as they see fit!

Here are some ideas for how to bring that control back.

  • Ask your client about their long-term goals
    • Do they hope to return to work?  What type of work did they do?  What skills did it require?
  • What are their hobbies?  Which ones have they had to give up?  How can we help them to regain them?
  • What aspects of community and family life are being impacted and how?  What types of therapy activities can help to ease these difficulties?
  • Ask the client which issues are most impacting their lives.  Provide some options, and clients always can tell you which potential treatment focus would be most helpful!
  • Provide the client with data about their progress.
  • Show the client their Constant Therapy graphs and charts!
  • Encourage your family member to participate in therapy tasks outside of the therapy room.

Stroke therapy does not need to end at the clinic door

There are so many great resources out there for home carryover, like Constant Therapy! The home is such a great, natural environment to continue to use skills learned in therapy!

These ideas apply to anyone using Constant Therapy, whether they have Aphasia, TBI, or a lifelong learning disability.  Empowerment and control are key for everyone.

Topics: Stroke, Aphasia

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