Expressive Aphasia Communication

For many people, suffering a stroke really is a life limiting incident. Characterised by loss of speech, memory lapses and even paralysis, a stroke can strip away the layers of a person and leave them a shell of the person that they once were. Family, friends and partners find relationships strained as they come to terms with the fact that their loved one has suffered a huge loss and may never be the same person again. However, it is the rehabilitation and getting back on track after the stroke that can be the biggest battle.

Expressive Aphasia

The term 'expressive aphasia' is heard often but many are unsure as to what it means in the true sense of person to person communication. In the most simple of terms, expressive aphasia is the loss or limitation of ability to communicate in any way that requires expression, for instance, verbally or by using hand to hand communication. As humans, we survive on these methods of communication on a day to day basis, and form relationships on the strength of it. Thus, it can be devastating to a person to lose these functions, and just as impacting on their friends and relatives. Thus, rehabilitation wherever possible, and suitable steps when rehab is not an option, are key, not just to the person's well-being and recovery, but also so that they maintain their confidence and relationships with others.

How Can I Help With Expressive Aphasia?

The first step to helping is recognising where the person is having difficulty with communication. For instance, in the case of someone that has lost their power of speech, other methods of communicating then need to be focused on, such as using sign writing software or hand signals. Often, the aphasia will be less severe to the point that the person has a constant feeling that what they are saying is 'on the tip of their tongue'. However, the aphasia creates a block. In these cases, the only key solution is to be patient with the person and allow them the time that they need to speak.

Learning the other methods of communication that can be used is an ideal start; not only is it a benevolent and fun activity to learn, it will help people back on the road to recovery and re-integration.

How Can I Get More Information?

There is a wealth of information and bodies available to help those wanting more information on expressive aphasia and how to deal with it. In the UK, Headway and UK Connect are just two organisations who can help. An internet search will uncover more companies and charities with local bases.