Dysphasia – Intervention and Support

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Treatment process focuses on helping the individual to communicate as effectively as possible in everyday life and is often tailored to an individual depending on the difficulties the individual is experiencing. There is no single approach proven to be affective alone, however effective management can be achieved through combination therapy. Often treatment processes are conducted by a team of speech and language therapist, where techniques are used to address individual difficulties. Examples of techniques may include:

  • Matching words to pictures or sorting words with their meanings for patients who have trouble understanding words
  • They may ask you to judge if certain words rhyme or repeat words that they say for patients who have trouble expressing themselves.
  • Teaching techniques to communicate other than talking such as using gestures, drawings, and communication charts.
  • Specially designed electronic devise may be used for patients who have difficulty speaking but can still write or type for example voice output communication aids (VOCA) which uses a computer-generated voice to play messages outloud.
  • They may also include group therapy where family members and even other patients with dysphasia practice conversational skills by rehearsing common scenarios such as participating in a telephone call.



Australian aphasia association: http://www.aphasia.org.au/



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