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Receptive Aphasia Exercises

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Aug 31, 2022.

What are receptive aphasia exercises?

Receptive aphasia exercises help with understanding words spoken by others. The exercises can also help with understanding written words. Speak slowly and clearly. Give the person enough time to hear your words and understand them. Be patient as the person listens or reads during the exercises. Give him or her time to respond before you move to the next exercise.

Which exercises help with understanding spoken words?

  • Have the person do actions as you say them. For example, ask the person to touch his or her nose, then point to the wall, and then clap his or her hands.
  • Name body parts or objects in the room and have the person point to them.
  • Name a word and have the person say a word meaning the opposite. An example is hot and cold.
  • 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 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 understanding 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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