Six years ago I had a stroke that left me literally speechless. I was diagnosed with having expressive aphasia, also known as Broca's aphasia. My aphasia took away 2 years from me. I need not go into the many types of aphasia or the main aspects of my aphasia; those you can get from a text-book.
1.The off switch.
2.Stuck on a word.
3.Speaking of numbers.
5. Out on a cliff.
6. Too small to be noticed.
7. At a loss – for idioms.
These 7 things – and much more – make up the world of a person with aphasia.
I've dealt with lots of speech therapists in the years since I had my stroke. Although I have great respect for them all, some were better than others, at least, for me.
- In my opinion, your most important role is to encourage.
- Remember to reinforce small gains; to be a partner, not a criticizer.
- And give them the tools to work on their own, paying special attention to their own goals, enabling them to get on with their new life.