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Replies: 2 - Pages: [1] - Last reply: 2021-08-21 16:20:30 - By: carole pomilio
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Veronica Griffin

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2021-04-26 23:55:27

Hi ! I was wondering if you could help me out. I am an home health aide and I recently began taking care of an elderly patient who suffered a stroke and has expressive dysphasia. My question is how can I help her to be able to express herself in other ways. She is having problems writing. She gets very frustrated because she knows what to say,but cannot express it. Any ideas would be so helpful. Thank you

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carole pomilio

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2021-04-26 00:03:56

Dear Veronica,
I know being the caregiver of someone who has aphasia can be very frustrating. Good for you that you are reaching out and looking for some support. There are several ways for this individual to attempt communication. First of all, try and find out if this person has had any type of speech therapy. If so, maybe the therapist could give you some ideas that worked best for this particular patient. If no speech therapy has been given maybe you could get this set up. Additionally, you should look on the resources section of this website. There are some different ideas you might want to try in this section. You might also want to look up a support group in your area and attend this group with the patient. It will give the individual some time to communicate with other aphasics and it could give you a network of resources. Some other suggestions are to put written words on different objects throughout the house so that the individual can point to the object and then say the word. You could put together something that is called a communication book. In this book, there could be small pictures or written words of some common objects and activities that the individual likes. The individual could point to the picture or word that they are thinking of then they may be able to say it, or they may not. The point is that even if the individual is pointing to pictures, communication is taking place. And finally, you could try and get the individual to draw pictures of what they are trying to say and sometimes this triggers a verbal response. I hope some of this helps. If you need more information, write back again. Try not to get too frustrated and plan some activities that make you both laugh. Laughter is good for all of us. Good Luck!
Carole Pomilio

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