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Expressive Aphasia Exercises

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Oct 3, 2022.

What are expressive aphasia exercises?

Expressive aphasia exercises help with trouble speaking or writing. Expressive aphasia causes problems with finding the right words to say or write. Thoughts may be clear, but it is difficult to express those thoughts. Be patient. Give the person time to think of the right word to say or write before you move to the next exercise.

Which exercises help with spoken words?

  • Have the person count objects, say the alphabet, or name the days of the week and months of the year.
  • Have the person sing some well known songs, such as Happy Birthday or Take Me Out To The Ball Game.
  • Name a word and have the person say the opposite. An example is hot and cold.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Name words and have the person tell you what they mean.

Which exercises help with written words?

  • Have the person copy or write numbers, letters, and 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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