Aphasia
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Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder that affects a person's ability to speak, understand, read or write or any combination of these. This disorder is caused by damage or injury to the parts and pathways of the brain associated with language. For instance, stroke is the most common cause of aphasia. 

 

How can a Speech-Language Pathologist help?

Speech-Language Pathologists can help by:

 

  • assessing the different language areas (talking, understanding, reading, writing) to determine the areas that should be targeted in therapy.
  • conducting therapy sessions individually or in groups to work on treatment goals.
  • introducing strategies and techniques to facilitate communication such as Semantic Feature Analysis Treatment (a treatment technique which identifies different features of a difficult word to retrieve so that the person can then retrieve the word), etc.
  • working carefully with caregivers and families to help them learn how to support and foster communication.

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