Aphasia Therapy: The need for uniqueness!


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Let us imagine that there were two people, who had the exact  same  medical background, age, and a similar type of stroke to the same  exact part of their brains, then perhaps we might be able to assume that they would sound exactly the same post-stroke, right?



There could be nothing that could be farther from that assumption..

It is possible that they might have some commonalities in their aphasia deficits. But the nature of their aphasia is often different. And the changes that might have occurred to organization of the language in their brain are often entirely different.

And that is what makes Aphasia Therapy challenging!

Which is why it needs to be highly evidenced-based and client-specific.

Treatment needs to be one that works for the client. Aphasia Research has grown by leaps and bounds and there is a mountain of growing evidence that can be used to target specific aphasic deficits. And while Aphasia Research is most definitely happening in specific research based settings, it can also happen during the actual therapy session.

Just like researchers ask specific questions, all the stakeholders in therapy should know to ask:

Is this the right activity/approach?

How is this helpful?

If not, why is it not working?

What should we do different?

And while a specific approach has worked for patients that were enrolled in a university research study, it might not automatically be a good fit for every client. Understanding how their aphasia uniquely affects the ability to communicate is important. Specifically to each client.

Helping someone rebuild language and communication skills that don't function the same as prior to a stroke before takes careful observation. And chalking out a treatment plan.

At the core of this treatment plan is the belief that every individual is unique. And that they bring to the table their own unique life experiences, likes, dislikes, personalities, experiences and learning styles.

  • What are their motivators? 
  • What lights them up? 
  • Gets them talking? Gets them excited?
  • What do they want to do most out of therapy?
Individualized and Customized Therapy recognizes those very aspects and makes the therapeutic process unique as well. Instead of making the client fit into a specific researched approach, approaches and techniques need to be tweaked and modified to be made accessible to the Person with Aphasia.

Really good Aphasia Therapy should be engaging, meaningful, research-based and suiting the specific needs of the specific client.

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