Global Aphasia Exercises

What are global aphasia exercises?

Global aphasia exercises help when you or your loved one lose almost all ability to understand and use language. You or your loved one may also have trouble understanding written words. The following exercising may help improve using and understanding words:

  • Have your loved one do the following as you direct him step by step:

    • Touch your nose.

    • Touch your nose and point to the wall.

    • Touch your nose, point to the wall, and clap your hands.

  • Name body parts or objects in the room and have your loved one point to them.

  • Have your loved one nod or shake his head in response to yes or no questions.

  • Have your loved one say some automatics, such as counting, saying the alphabet, or naming the days of the week and months of the year.

  • Have your loved one sing some well known songs, such as Happy Birthday or Take Me Out To The Ballgame.

  • Name a word and have your loved one say a word meaning the opposite, for example, hot and cold.

  • Have your loved one name objects in the room, such as chair, lamp, and picture.

  • Describe an object and have your loved one name it. For example, the object is something used to cut paper, and the word is scissors.

  • Have your loved one name as many items in a category as he can. For example, a category is fruit, and oranges, apples, and grapes are all fruit.

  • Name 3 things and have your loved one tell how they are alike. For example, tiger, giraffe, and lion are all animals.

  • Name words and have your loved one tell you what they mean.

  • Have your loved one copy or write numbers, letters, and words.

  • Show your loved one an object or picture and have him write down what he sees.

  • Have your loved one practice writing information about himself like name, address, and telephone number.

  • Give your loved one a word and have him write a sentence using it.

  • Have your loved one do a crossword puzzle or word scramble.

  • Have your loved one match a picture to a word.

When should I or my loved one follow up with a speech therapist?

Follow up with a speech therapist as directed. You and your loved one may need to return for regular visits. The speech therapist can make a treatment plan that is best for you or your loved one.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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