If you treat people with aphasia, care for someone with it, or are living with aphasia, you know how challenging it can be to get even one word out. Often the word feels like it’s on the tip of the tongue, desperately straining to get out. We understand the struggle.
Aphasia is one of the most common conditions caused by stroke (and other brain injury) but few outside the clinical world know what it is. Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. It does not impact intelligence. Fortunately, the brain’s plasticity allows it to form new connections and rebuild speech, language, reading, writing and comprehension skills that are impaired or lost due to brain injury or stroke. Aphasia rehabilitation involves practice directly with a clinician on specialized tasks designed to help relearn those skills.
To that end, we worked with an illustrator to visualize the grit it takes to get the right word out, and created these imaginative posters that can serve as an aphasia practice training tool to help people with aphasia practice any number of skills. We also created the accompanying worksheet, below, with suggestions for specific ways to use the posters with cognitive and speech therapy clients.
>> Download the posters (and see if see if you can figure out all the words starting with “sh” and “tr” that are fighting to get off the tip of the tongue!) Or request a free print of your choice of poster and a worksheet of other therapy ideas by contacting us.