Aphasia Treatment Online

Aphasia, which makes it difficult to read, write, and speak, occurs as a result of damage to the part of the brain that controls language.


Aphasia symptoms can vary, but patients typically experience:

  • Jumbled speech
  • Social isolation
  • Repetition of words
  • Difficulty drawing or writing
  • And more.

Diagnosing and Treating Aphasia Online

Aphasia negatively affects the way someone talks, writes, and understands language. When someone develops aphasia, they lose the ability to communicate. The onset of aphasia generally occurs later in life, especially after trauma to the brain occurs. Serious trauma that could cause aphasia includes strokes, head injuries, or brain cancer. The extent to which aphasia affects someone depends on which part and how much of the brain is damaged.

There are four main types of aphasia:

  • Expressive aphasia occurs when someone knows what they want to communicate, but has trouble writing or saying their thoughts effectively.
  • Receptive aphasia causes someone to see words or hear someone speaking without being able to make sense of the words.
  • Anomic aphasia occurs when someone has difficulty identifying the correct words they want to use while speaking and writing.
  • Global aphasia is defined as a condition in which someone cannot read, write, speak, or comprehend speech or writing.

Aphasia can deeply impact the quality of life and can lead to depression. 

During a video consult on Amwell your doctor will ask you a series of targeted questions to determine if your symptoms point to aphasia. Then your provider will proceed to determine the best treatment plan for you. Your provider may recommend in-person examination by a specialist if this is needed. Your treatment plan is based on the duration and severity of your symptoms and your medical history.

Once a diagnosis has been made, your doctor will go over the risks and benefits of the various treatment plans. Treatment for aphasia is different depending on the severity.

Options for treatment of aphasia may include:

  • Speech therapy
  • Language rehabilitation
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  • What are the different types of aphasia?

    The four predominant types of aphasia include:

    • Expressive aphasia – You know what you want to say, but you experience difficulty articulating your thought through writing or speech.
    • Anomic aphasia – You see words or hear someone speaking without being able to make sense of what it means.
    • Receptive aphasia – You have difficulty identifying the right words you want to use while speaking.
    • Global aphasia – You cannot read, write, speak and comprehend speech or writing.
  • What are some speech therapy activities for adults with aphasia?

    Speech therapy activities aim to improve a person’s ability to communicate by practicing communication skills. There are a number of different forms of therapy activities, including use of apps, paper-based booklets, in-person group therapy, and popular word games.

    In group therapy, people with aphasia can practice a number of day-to-day activities, for example initiating conversations, speaking in turn, and clarifying misunderstandings. Other group therapies emphasize ways to communicate without speaking, including using props to communicate a message to someone else or drawing pictures.

    Some mobile-based offerings include apps that offer activities that are specifically designed with speech pathology in mind. Oftentimes, mobile apps offer exercises that help the user with memory, reading skills, speech, and other related areas. One benefit to a mobile app is that the app provides analytics so that users can track their progress. Other mobile-based tools include games that are used by the general population, including Words with Friends, Ruzzle, and 4 Pics 1 Word.

    There are also a number of analog offerings for people with aphasia. An example includes a few workbooks that offer tools for people with aphasia to improve their speech skills. These include WALC Cognitive Rehab, HELP exercises for language processing, a series of books called Just for Adults.

  • What is the difference between aphasia and dysarthria?

    Aphasia and dysarthria are both caused by trauma to the brain, like stroke, brain injury, or a tumor. Aphasia occurs when someone has difficulty comprehending speech, while dysarthria is characterized by difficulty controlling the muscles used for speech.

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