4 Tips for Speech Language Pathologists to Deal with Stroke-Related Aphasia

In general, there are so many medical jobs that you can find. Speech Language pathologist is one among so many. Speech language pathologists are often tasked with helping stroke patients recover these vital abilities. For example, to help an after stroke patient to gain their speak ability again and understand spoken words.

As of Jan 2017, a speech language pathologist can earn an average salary for AU$60,162 per year. If you are interested to become speech language pathologist, you better read several tips below.

1. Recommend Some Apps

You can suggest your patients to use some apps at home. If they want to see fast result, but have limited time to meet you.

This will enable your patients to recover speedily as they practice in their free time. Your patient can have a guided, structured experience that’s easy to use. Nowadays, with many apps each patient can work on targeted skills.

2. Get the Family Involved

When one of your family members gets stroke, other family members will have a diffilculty to communicate with the patient. With lack of communication, the relationship will be strained and the recovery will be more difficult. As an SLP, your job is to teach them on how to communicate more effectively. With SLP your family members can learn to simplify their language and use gestures to communicate key points.

3. Make Recovery More Enjoyable

The path to regain the speech functions is not easy and takes time.  Therefore, it is important for an SLP to make the experience more enjoyable. You can figure out what kinds of activities your patients will enjoy and involve their hobbies into the therapy sessions. Moreover, you can discover patient’s favorite song or artist to make them feel relax while doing the activities.

4. Incorporate Various Learning Styles

As every people have different way of learning, so one method cannot produce the same result to everyone. You can tell this information to remind your patients whenever they get discouraged. Motivation is terribly important as negative attitude can be fatal for the recovery process.

Everyone knows that recovering from stroke-related aphasia is a challenging task. Hopefully, by personalizing the method, the process will run smoothly. The key is to stay focus on each individual’s interests and learning styles.

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