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Anomic Aphasia Exercises

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Dec 4, 2023.

What are anomic aphasia exercises?

Anomic aphasia exercises help improve the use of correct words for people, places, or objects. The exercises can help with both spoken and written words. The person may not know he or she is saying or writing the wrong word during the exercises. Give the person a chance to correct mistakes and use the correct words before you move to the next exercise.

Which exercises help with spoken words?

  • Name words and have the person tell you what they mean.
  • Name objects in the room and have the person point to them.
  • Have the person name objects in the room, such as chair, lamp, and picture.
  • Describe an object and have the person name it. For example, the object is something used to cut paper, and the word is scissors.
  • Name a word and have the person say a word meaning the opposite. An example is hot and cold.
  • Have the person name as many items in a category as possible. For example, a category is fruit, and oranges, apples, and grapes are all fruit.
  • Name 3 things and have the person tell how they are alike. For example, tiger, giraffe, and lion are all animals.

Which exercises help with written words?

  • Show the person an object or picture and have him or her write down what he or she sees.
  • Have the person practice writing personal information such as name, address, and telephone number.
  • Give the person a word and have him or her write a sentence using it.
  • Have the person do a crossword puzzle or word scramble.
  • Have the person match a picture to a word.

When should the person follow up with a speech therapist?

Follow up with a speech therapist as directed. The person may need to return for regular visits. The speech therapist can help make a treatment plan. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during the visits.

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