What is Aphasia?

What exactly is aphasia? What causes it? What should you do if you have it, or if you’re talking to someone with it? Find out here!

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What is Apraxia?

What exactly is apraxia? What causes it? What should you do if you have it, or if you’re talking to someone with it? Find out here!

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App Guides

If you’re not already using Tactus Therapy apps, you’re missing out on the best aphasia apps! Language Therapy 4-in-1, Conversation Therapy, Question Therapy 2-in-1, Number Therapy, and Category Therapy are all designed specifically for users with aphasia and the speech-language professionals who help them.

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Read this App-titude article from the ASHA Leader about the best apps for aphasia therapy.

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Log in to the Advance site to watch this 1-hour webinar or download the handout of slides here.

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With so many apps and computer programs available for aphasia, it can be difficult to find the right one for you. The Tavistock Trust for Aphasia has put together a comprehensive site comparing the various options for computer software and apps.

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App Reviews

Megan Sutton, SLP, of Tactus Therapy reviewed several of her most-used apps on the Speaking of Apps blog for Advance. Read about the aphasia therapy apps here:

Megan Sutton, SLP, of Tactus Therapy reviewed several of her most-used apps on the Speaking of Apps blog for Advance. Read about the aphasia support apps here:

Megan Sutton, SLP, of Tactus Therapy reviewed several of her most-used apps on the Speaking of Apps blog for Advance. Read about the AAC apps for aphasia here:

Third-party keyboard apps offer new and exciting ways for people with aphasia and other communication impairments to keep in touch with others, stay connected through social media, access information and apps, and even stay safe. See how these keyboard apps serve as assistive technology to help people connect through drawing, maps, pre-stored phrases, handwriting, the alphabet, and symbols.

Top keyboards for aphasia

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Megan Sutton, SLP, of Tactus Therapy reviewed several of her most-used apps on the Speaking of Apps blog for Advance. Read about the apraxia-related therapy apps here:

Education & Support

Depression and anxiety frequently follow a stroke, but for those stroke survivors with aphasia, discussing feelings and getting help is even more difficult. Here, a SLP and counselor discusses the importance of getting psychological help for people with medical conditions and offers advice for SLPs and mental health counselors, along with resources for recognizing and treating depression in people with aphasia.

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What must it be like to have aphasia? You can never know for sure unless you have it, and even then, aphasia is different for everyone. To get a glimpse of what it might be like, take yourself through these aphasia simulations to see what the world would be like if language stopped being clear for you.
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Download this card with information about the Aphasia Recovery Connection (ARC) as well as tips for how to speak with someone with a language disorder after stroke.
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Read Jennifer Swaren’s story of stroke recovery and her tips that make communicating with a person with aphasia easier.

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If you’re living with aphasia, or care for someone who is, you’re going to love the support and resources from the Aphasia Recovery Connection. Read about their multiple offerings in this blog post or visit their website. Most of the discussion is on Facebook.

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Looking for simple picture communication boards? Eastern Health offers boards with over 200 images in either 4-per-page or 20-per-page layouts in over 65 languages. The Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing also has boards in 25 languages in 4 and 12-per-page layouts featuring real photos. These are invaluable resources for people with aphasia (or those without!) who speak other languages and need to communicate basic concepts in medical or residential environments.

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Drs. Garrett and Lasker share their Multimodal Communication Screening Task for Persons with Aphasia, along with categories of communicators and the Aphasia Needs Assessment. These free resources on the UNL website can be used by any clinician working with people with aphasia to assess communication needs and abilities.
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CCRE Aphasia has assembled some great videos about aphasia including personal stories, education, treatment and assessment. Watch, share, or submit your own to this aphasia channel.
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Research

Exciting new research shows that when people with aphasia use our Language Therapy app just 20 minutes a day for 4 weeks, they make significant improvements in language abilities! It’s never too late to start using this easy-to-use app at home. Check out the evidence that can help your loved one or clients improve faster.

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Know when to ask if an app is evidence-based and when not to. It’s important to ask yourself if your therapy techniques are based in peer-reviewed research. Read where the exercises in Naming TherAppy come from and how they can benefit your clients.

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Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the technology options available to your clients? Do you have a specialty service to consult for advice? Read about this innovative model for a consultative model for aphasia that includes therapy and AAC. Includes a downloadable poster presented at the 2014 Canadian Stroke Congress in Vancouver, BC.

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Surely senior citizens in a care facility aren’t interested in using an iPad, right? See what South African SLP Caitlin Longman found when she studied how residents with aphasia reacted to using Tactus Therapy apps as part of their speech therapy.

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Therapy Blog Posts

Read how to be successful doing home speech therapy practice. This blog post entitled “9 Ways to Make Speech Therapy Homework Work for You” includes a free download. Share this handout with your clients about how to set themselves up for success with home exercises.

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As an inpatient speech-language pathologist working in rehab, I didn’t think the life participation to aphasia approach (LPAA) was for me. I couldn’t have been more wrong. Learn 5 lessons about LPAA that might change the way you approach speech therapy to make your clients’ lives better. The best part is, you and your clients can still make progress and stay in therapy when impairment-based methods aren’t working as quickly as you’d like.

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Discover 5 amazing websites you probably didn’t know existed that offer free speech therapy materials for adults. Simplified reading passages can get stroke survivors re-engaged with the printed word, while videos bring language to life for people with aphasia. #2 is really useful since it has a built-in hierarchy, while #4 is simply incredible.
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We use categories to organize our world and our thoughts. The aisles of a grocery store, the clothes in our closets, and the books in the library are all arranged and sorted based on categories. Our ability to understand and navigate these categories makes it easy to find what we’re looking for more efficiently. People who have difficulty speaking often have trouble with categories. They may struggle to see how items are connected, and without this connection, they have more difficulty finding the word they are looking for.

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Therapy Guides

Don’t have time to keep up with all the latest evidence? ASHA has made it easy to keep your practice evidence-based with this handy map of the evidence for assessment and treatment of aphasia.
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Top researchers break down the evidence for each of the treatment techniques for acquired apraxia of speech (AOS) in this ASHA Leader feature. Read about the efficacy of articulatory-kinematic treatments, as well as rate and rhythm control methods.
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The Academy of Neurologic Communication Disorders and Sciences (ANCDS) has published guidelines for the treatment of adult acquired apraxia of speech in 3 journal articles. Check out ASHA’s practice guidelines derived from these works.
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This comprehensive site links together all the research and best practices for aphasia assessment and treatment for all stages of recovery. Developed in Australia, this pathway can be used around the world to make the aphasia recovery journey smoother for everyone.

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