Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Engage, Challenge, and Have Fun

Helping someone with Aphasia can be tiresome.  Recovery is hard work.  Some days are better than others. 

During the recovery process, it is important to continue to challenge your stroke survivor.  I have a couple of ideas that might be fun and will require time spent together (or in a group, maybe). 

Find a topic (hobby) that your Aphasic person likes.  Try to craft a word naming game around that topic while working on something together.

For example, if your loved one likes to cook,  cook something together.  While preparing the meal, choose an ingredient - like pasta.  Put together a list of food dishes that contain pasta - ie. spaghetti, lasagna, manicotti.   Or list the different types of pasta - ie. vermicelli, penne, spaghetti.  You don't need to write anything down.  Keep it casual.  Have fun with it. 

If your loved one likes cars, go for a drive together.  While driving choose a manufacturer - like Ford.  Try to name all the Ford models you can see - ie. Taurus, Explorer, F-150 (that is a mouthful).  Again, keep it casual and have fun. 

You can make bets with each other on who can name the most.  The point is to engage with one another and challenge the aphasic while having fun.  If you can do that, you will really be doing something. 

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