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Expressive Aphasia Exercises

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. 

Here are some exercises that 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.

Here are some exercises that help with written words:

  • Have the person copy or write numbers, letters and words.
  • Show the person an object or picture and have them write down what they see.
  • Have the person practice writing personal information such as name, address and telephone number.
  • Give the person a word and have them write a sentence using it.
  • Have the person do a crossword puzzle or word scramble.
  • Have the person match a picture to a word.

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.

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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