Research has shown that aphasia significantly impacts on people’s participation in everyday life. Some people may not be able to express their thoughts and feelings verbally, and this can affect their mood, relationships and ability to carry out everyday tasks. It is known that the rates of depression are high post-stroke and higher in individuals with aphasia. By this stage of recovery it will be clearer what levels of understanding and spoken output patients have, and SLTs will consider this in supporting the patient’s to emotionally to adapt to life with aphasia.
Video of client doing stroke path of change and looking at ‘blob tree’.
SLTs also have a unique role here, in using non-verbal creative counselling methods. SLTs might use pictures, drawings, and special resources to help people communicate how they are feeling and what they are trying to say. Clinical psychology may also have a role here, if their services are available where that person is receiving their therapy.