Aphasia

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Evidenced-based and anecdotal resources.

What you’ll find here

Aphasia is an acquired language disorder that occurs most often in adult and geriatric populations, as a result of a traumatic or degenerative neurological event. Aphasia may reflect expressive or receptive deficits anywhere from mild to very severe, and can affect an individual’s ability to communicate with loved ones and complete daily tasks.

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Tools for caregivers

Tools for Therapists

iPad apps

  1. TalkPath Therapy
  2. Constant Therapy
  3. Lingraphica – Small Talk
  4. Proloquo2Go
  5. Tactus Therapy Solutions
  6. AAC Bestie – Elephant Enterprises
  7. Vocable

List derived from National Aphasia Association and Guillermo F. Florez with Speechless the Documentary – Adapted by Suleika Pryce

Essentially, what this list comprises are apps that have text-speech or dictation capabilities, some even including a camera head tracking feature. Picture dictionary apps are helpful, as they can improve naming abilities. Because aphasia is often occurring with acquired apraxia, see Apraxia section for useful apps that target speech production related goals. See AAC section for more apps that target alternative communication.

DAILY TASKS FOR APHASIA

Tasks for the aphasia patient or client may include storytelling, singing, reading, or naming familiar, everyday items.

Books on aphasia (diagnosis, treatment, PERSONAL EXPERIENCES and more)

A Comprehensive List by National Aphasia Association

for Therapists

ASSESSMENT TOOLS

Common Aphasia Screening and Evaluation Tests

Including: Mississippi Aphasia Screening Test (MAST), Western Aphasia Battery – Revised (WAB-R), Boston Diagnostic Aphasia Battery – 3rd Edition (BDAE-3), plus needs assessments.

More Assessment Tools…

Including Mt. Wilga High Level Language Screening, Boston Naming Test, Psycholinguistic Assessments of Language Processing in Aphasia (PALPA), less commonly used tools such as Frenchay Aphasia Screening Test and Functional Communication Profile, and individualized assessments

TECHNIQUES IN EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICE

Response Elaboration Training

Picture Naming through Semantic or Phonological Treatment

Constrain-Induced Aphasia Therapy (CIAT) – see also Intensive Language Action Therapy

Treatment of Aphasic Perseveration (TAP) Program – Remodeled Several Times Since Original 1987 Article – see Verbal Perseveration in Aphasia

Oral Reading (ORLA) – see Literature

Conversation Focused Aphasia Therapy

CONTINUING EDUCATION

FOQUS Aphasia

WHATS WORKING IN TREATMENT

Disclaimer: I do not receive any monetary or other reward for sharing any material from any source on my platform. All sources are from credible educational or therapy-specific sites, which I may have or may not have used in the past. Only the areas in which I have initialed are to be considered my own ideas or advice. Being that the resource page is a collection of ideas from different clinicians, you may encounter ideas that differ from one another. Any use of any materials or resource from this page or links attached, is at your own free will.