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There are several stages in therapy.

As an inpatient

Most people experience aphasia as a result of a stroke, although aphasia may occur as a result of other neurological conditions e.g. brain tumour or traumatic brain injury.

Initially the individual who has had a stroke is likely to be admitted to a hospital.  There, the doctors and therapy staff will assess and work with the person in the acute stages.  The Speech Pathologist talks to the family and provides information about aphasia and may involve the family in therapy tasks.

Some individuals will then go into a rehabilitation unit, where more intensive therapy is available.  Again, the family is an important member of the team and will be involved in therapy and in decisions.

As an outpatient

When the person with aphasia is discharged from the hospital or rehabilitation unit, there are several options for further therapy. The person with aphasia may

  • return to the hospital or rehabilitation unit as an outpatient
  • go to a more local hospital
  • receive therapy through Domiciliary Care Services
  • receive therapy through Day Therapy Centres, such as those run by Elderly Citizens Homes or Resthaven Centres
  • be seen by private Speech Pathologists

Ongoing therapy arrangements are usually made by the treating Speech Pathologist, in consultation with the person with aphasia and the family, before discharge from hospital.  However, if arrangements have not been made you can ask your doctor about further therapy options. 

Therapy programs are very individual and are devised to take into account a number of factors, including

  • the extent and type of problems the person with aphasia experiences
  • existing language abilities
  • the person's previous skills and interests
  • the motivation to improve and practice therapy tasks
  • the amount of support from the family

If you would like information about Talkback Groups, you can contact the Talkback Association office by phone on 84435555 or email talkback@aphasia.asn.au.  We can also provide you with information about where individual therapy may be available.

 
     
     
     
 
  Telephoning: 08 8443 5555 The Talkback Association for Aphasia Inc.
302 South Road, Hilton.
South Australia, 5033
talkback@aphasia.asn.au