Aphasia (a-fai-zia). This is not a word many of us are familiar with. If you experience aphasia, it can be devastating. It is a condition where speaking, understanding, reading and writing are damaged, most commonly after a stroke.

Think about how many conversations you have with different people every day. We need to be able to speak and understand to have those conversations.

Aphasia can make conversation almost impossible, reducing the quality of people’s lives, and the lives of those around them.

Having better conversations often improves a person with aphasia’s mood and their confidence with socialising in the wider world (Cruice, Hill, Worrall, & Hickson, 2010).

Some people, naturally use communication strategies, such as writing, drawing and gesture, in conversation (Simmons-Mackie & Damico, 1997). But others find adaptation hard, either forgetting what to do or fearing to look ‘abnormal’ or finding partners are not keen (Johansson, Carlsson, & Sonnander, 2012).

Conversation therapy can help a person with aphasia and their partner:

  • learn more about how aphasia has affected their conversations and
  • learn useful communication strategies.
  • make decisions about how to change their conversations for the better.

To find out more about the research behind this approach please click here.