The Writer They Call Tay (awanderingbard) wrote in little_details,
The Writer They Call Tay

Speech Pathology Exercises for Expressive Aphasia

Setting: Modern Day London
Terms Googled: 'speech therapy exercises', 'speech pathology exercises' 'speech pathology exercises for adults', 'aphasia exercises' and so on.

I have a character who is suffering from expressive aphasia after head trauma. I'd like to have a section of my story where he's in a speech-language therapy session, but I've been unable to find anything about what you would do in a session, in terms of techniques or exercises. I've found sort of vagueish things and a lot for kids, but this is an adult who most definitely does not want to be treated like a child. Is there anyone out there, either who is a SLP or has participated in SLP who might be able to give me a bit more detail about what sort things you might do to treat it? Or even some good links to resources for same? I know about Melodic Intonation Therapy, but that's pretty much it.

I know it's hard to treat someone without knowing what the problem is, so below the cut is a more detailed description of the characters problems, for anyone who needs it.

The character is a male in his early thirties, recovering from head trauma (subdural haematoma and intracranial pressure). He has expressive aphasia, problems mostly with word-finding and fluency. His comprehension is intact and his reading and writing are okay, but not perfect. He has no physical impairments to speaking, other than mild hemiparesis on the left side. He also has problems with short-term memory, attention span and concentration.
Tags: ~medicine: injuries: head injuries, ~mute/unable to talk

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