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.