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Aphasia Treatment Activities: Treatment & Exercises

Scott Loeb DO
Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb
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Scott Loeb DO
Medically reviewed by Dr. Loeb

So, today we invite you to discuss such a disorder as aphasia. What have you heard about this disorder? If you have not encountered it before, most likely nothing. That is why we have decided to cover this topic, thanks to our knowledge gained in practice.

First of all, let’s look into what aphasia is. Well, to put it simply, it is a speech disorder. That is, a person simply can no longer speak normally. And, of course, what happens next? The person no longer has good communication skills.

No person is prepared to experience that. But if this has already happened, you need to do something! And first of all, you need to identify the right aphasia treatment activities. Next, we invite you to explore our extensive knowledge of the treatment of aphasia. Based on our experience, we have compiled valuable information that we are ready to share with you.

Our goal is to demonstrate the success of therapy. Aphasia therapy activities can greatly improve speech recovery in people with aphasia.

Individualized Treatment Approach for Aphasia

Aphasia requires a personalized and tailored treatment approach to address its challenges effectively. Each person with aphasia has a unique experience. And it can be affected by many factors. Based on our observations, we firmly believe in the power of a personalized approach. It’s great even for expressive aphasia activities.

We carefully assess and understand each individual’s specific needs and abilities. That’s why we develop a treatment plan that addresses their unique language difficulties. Our approach to treatment of aphasia combines the following:

  • Evidence-based techniques
  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Aphasia exercises to address an individual’s communication problems

One key benefit of this individualized approach is focusing on the individual’s strengths. After conducting experiments, we develop strategies to compensate for language disorders. It not only increases the overall effectiveness of communication. It promotes the individual’s sense of empowerment and motivation.

In conclusion, an individualized approach recognizes the uniqueness of each individual. We can tailor aphasia therapy activities to specific goals and strengths.


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Language and Communication Activities

These are some of the most significant and effective aphasia treatment activities. People suffering from aphasia can start to restore their linguistic skills. And there’s more to come! Doctors examine the disease’s progression. As a result, some patients may be able to enhance their communication skills.

These aphasia exercises concentrate on various areas of communication. It can comprise both speech and comprehension. At a higher level, we will, of course, add reading and writing. 

Your therapy sessions should include a variety of entertaining and effective language tasks. People with aphasia can then enhance their communication skills. They can regain confidence in their linguistic skills over time. Based on our experience, there is no need to rush! Never put pressure on the patient since a tailored strategy is essential. We’ve compiled a list of language and communicative aphasia exercises for you to try. They are useful in treating aphasia:

Conversation Practice

First and foremost, expressive aphasia activities are structured conversations. Participating in structured conversations can help people practice their language skills. You can choose topics based on a person’s interests. You can gradually complicate the topics. For example, you can talk about a favorite hobby. The patient will be able to express their thoughts and opinions. At the same time, you will practice listening comprehension.

Word Search Exercises

These exercises can help to improve your ability to find and produce words. You can include naming objects or making word puzzles. For example, in these aphasia therapy activities, you might show a picture of an animal. Ask the person to name it. 

Writing Activities

Writing activities help people practice writing. They may include writing short stories or keeping a journal. For example, give a patient a writing assignment. Have the person describe a memorable event or write a letter to a friend. Encourage the use of descriptive language.

Cognitive and Linguistic Stimulation Activities

Cognitive and linguistic stimulation interventions are crucial in the treatment of aphasia. In our experience, this type aims to improve cognitive function and linguistic ability. All because these functions can be affected by a language disorder.

These interventions improve cognitive processes, attention, memory, and linguistic skills. By doing so, you will be able to improve your overall communicative ability. 

We recommend that you incorporate various stimulating knowledge into your therapy sessions. It can help people with aphasia tremendously. All because the patient will be able to recover these two important functions. Next, we present a selection of cognitive and linguistic stimulation activities. Our research has shown that these are extremely effective aphasia treatment activities.

Word Association

This type of activity encourages people to make connections between words. They do this based on their meaning or category. This aphasia exercise promotes vocabulary retrieval. Example: Give the word “fruit” and ask the person to make a list of related words.  

Cognitive Games and Puzzles

Participating in puzzles can stimulate cognitive processes. They improve attention and problem-solving skills. For example, give a crossword puzzle on a particular topic. Have the patient find and fill in the correct words.

Sequencing tasks

In this aphasia therapy activity, patients must establish the steps logically. It promotes cognitive processing and memory skills. For example, give a set of pictures for a particular activity. Have the patient put them in the correct order.

Oral Motor and Articulation Exercises

Our data show that oral motor and articulation exercises are integral to aphasia treatment, especially for people with speech and articulation difficulties.

These aphasia exercises aim to strengthen the muscles involved in speech production. They improve coordination and increase overall articulatory accuracy. 

You should include several oral motor and articulation exercises. Be sure to add them to your therapy sessions. With them, people with aphasia can make significant progress in developing their speech abilities. But they can’t do it on their own. You need to help your patients with expressive aphasia activities. Be patient and precise in your work.

Next, we will give you a selection of exercises for oral motor skills and articulation. They are all proven to be effective in the treatment of aphasia.

Lip and Tongue Exercises

These exercises we designed to strengthen the lip and tongue muscles. They will improve the range of motion and control. Ask the patient to press their lips together and apart alternately. Based on our own experience, this is a very effective exercise.

Jaw Exercises

We focus these aphasia treatment exercises on strengthening and coordinating jaw movements. It improves the clarity and accuracy of speech. Ask the patient to make controlled jaw movements. e.g., it can be opening and closing. Or it can be a side-to-side movement.

Sound Repetition and Isolation

These exercises involve practicing individual speech sounds in isolation. Practice specific sounds, like /p/, /b/, or /s/. Gradually move on to words and sentences that contain the sound you want.

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Other Proven Aphasia Therapy Activities

Several other effective aphasia therapy activities, in addition to language and communication exercises, cognitive and linguistic stimulation exercises, and oral motor and articulation exercises, may be beneficial. 

These activities are mostly used for treatment of aphasia. It affects many aspects of language, cognition, and communication. It provides people with aphasia with a variety of opportunities to enhance their skills. 

Remember that in order to be successful, you have to combine several options. With our hands-on knowledge, we can recommend all of these to you. Below we present a selection of additional aphasia treatment activities. Each of them is effective in treatment.

Melodic Intonation Therapy (MIT)

MIT uses the melodic aspects of speech. You can help people with nonfluent aphasia improve expressive speech skills. It involves singing or intonating target phrases or sentences. So you can engage the brain’s intact musical processing abilities. Guide the person to sing or intonate a phrase like “How are you today?” in a melodic manner. Emphasize rhythm and intonation.

Group Conversation

Participating in group conversations provides a supportive and interactive environment. It would be a great option for expressive aphasia activities. It promotes social interaction, turnarounds, and topic maintenance. Hold group discussions on a specific topic. Allow each participant to share their thoughts and actively engage in the conversation.

Functional Communication Practice

These activities focus on applying language skills in real-life contexts. This way, you will increase the effectiveness of communication in everyday situations. For example, use role-plays. Have the person practice ordering food in a restaurant or something else. The goal is to simulate the experience of communication.

By incorporating these treatments for aphasia, people can further strengthen their communication skills. Tailoring classes to individual needs and goals and creating a supportive and engaging environment can significantly contribute to language recovery and promote effective communication in people with aphasia.


  • What activities help aphasia?

You may get help from activities such as:

  1. Language and communication activities
  2. Cognitive and linguistic stimulation exercises
  3. Oral motor and articulation exercises
  4. Melodic and intonation therapy
  5. Group talk
  6. And practice of functional communication
  • What are the communication activities for aphasia?

Of the most popular, we can advise you:

  1. Conversation practice
  2. Word search exercises
  3. Reading comprehension exercises
  4. Sentence construction
  5. Writing activities
  • What are receptive language activities for aphasia?

Receptive language exercises for aphasia are:

  1. Reading comprehension tasks
  2. Listening exercises
  3. Question answering
  4. etc.

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  1. 23/07/2023

    Thank you. Very interesting information! Helped me understand treatment suggestions. Thank you

  2. 04/01/2024

    My Mom has primary progressive aphasia/dementia. She will be 78 this February. We lossed our Dad 2 1/2 years ago and our grandmother 7 months ago. My Mom was diagnosed in 2022 by her neurologist. We have moved to a more quieter location and atmosphere from Massachusetts to Florida, less stressful for her. She always wanted to move here, so since I am her POA, I was able to accommodate this request. I quit my job at a law firm to take care of her. I am no nurse by any means, but, She is highly functioning and independent for the most part for now. Her neurologist said to get her things in order, so I did. She doesnt want to go to any Dr.’s appts that her primary Dr. referred her to. She writes, NO and scribbles them out. Since she has a Living Will in place I have to abide by her wishes.She basically just wants to watch her murder shows and smoke on the porch. Thats the extent of her excercise. I play card games with her, she kicks our butts, with self and friends, got her a tablet to keep in contact with friends via messenger so she can SEE them, even if she doesnt understand, she uses it to play Solitaire, other games, andword searches. I take her shopping, go to events, etc. I do my best to try to help her not feel so isolated. I am at a loss at what to do for her to stimulate her more and get her to those Dr. appts, like neurologist, cardiologist, labs, psychiatrist for her aggression. I cant force her to do stuff, so I dont. Shes got her good days and not so good. She is diabetic and takes medications. She seems to be aware of those and takes her medication regularly. I dont believe she checks her sugar though. I dont under stand that part. Sometimes Iwonder if I should get a nurse in here to do that. I had two different companion aides come in. She rejected those, so I had to cancell. Any recommondations would be helpful.

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