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How do I help people with Wernicke’s aphasia?

You've been asking for it: Here's a round-up of impairment-based interventions and functional treatment ideas for you to use with patients who have fluent aphasia!

February 4, 2022

Me, giving a facility screener to a new client post-stroke: Can you answer yes/ no questions?

The client, with all the confidence in the world: Yes, I can bathe and dress myself.

Me: *furiously scribbles notes to assess for likely Wernicke’s aphasia*


Ohhh, Wernicke’s aphasia. We learn about the symptoms and diagnosis in grad school and then cross our fingers that we only ever see textbook-Broca’s aphasia…you know, the one we feel most confident about, that has *all* the treatment options and EBP. 

 

As a refresher, people with Wernicke’s aphasia have impaired auditory comprehension and repetition, but fluency is relatively spared…

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