Receptive Aphasia Exercises

What is it?

Receptive aphasia (uh-fa-zhuh) is when you have trouble understanding when others are speaking to you. You may also have trouble understanding written words. Ask your caregiver for the CareNotes™ handout about the different types and causes of aphasia.

Care:

Every person who has aphasia is different. You and your loved one should see a licensed speech-language therapist. Your therapist can make a treatment plan that is best for you. Following are exercises that you and your family members can do to improve your ability to speak and write.

  • Exercise 1: Have our loved one do the follow as you give them step by step directions.

    • Step 1- Touch your nose.

    • Step 2- Touch your nose and point to the wall.

    • Step 3- Touch your nose, point to the wall, and clap your hands.

  • Exercise 2: Name body parts or objects in the room and have your loved one point to them.

  • Exercise 3: Name a word and have your loved one say a word meaning the opposite. And example is to say "not hot" and the answer is "cold."

  • Exercise 4: Describe an object and have your loved one name it. An example is to say "something used to cut paper" and the answer is "scissors."

  • Exercise 5: Name three things and have your loved one tell how they are alike. An example is tiger, giraffe, and lion and the answer is "animals".

  • Exercise 6: Name words and have your loved one tell you what they mean.

  • Exercise 7: Have your loved one copy or write numbers, letters, and words.

  • Exercise 8: Show your loved one an object or picture and have them write down what they see.

  • Exercise 9: Have your loved one practice writing out information about themselves like name, address, and telephone number.

  • Exercise 10: Give your loved one a word and have them write a sentence using it.

  • Exercise 11: Have your loved one do a crossword puzzle or word scramble.

  • Exercise 12: Have your loved one match letters and/or words.

  • Exercise 13: Have your loved one match a picture to a word.

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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