Patients with aphasia face unique challenges. A person with aphasia may know what they want to say but can’t think of the word, or they may have trouble understanding when others are speaking to them. Communication is a critical component of everyday life, so these challenges can be quite disruptive for your patients.
To help you support patients with an aphasia diagnosis, MedBridge has created over 300 exercises that can be assigned to patients using our HEP Builder. These exercises have been created in partnership with SLPs to account for patients’ neuroplasticity.
In this article, we’ll show you how to find aphasia activities and exercises in the HEP Builder and provide a few recommended exercise programs.
How do I find aphasia activities in the HEP Builder?
The simplest way to find aphasia activities is to use the list filter.
- On the left side of the page, select List Filter.
- Select the Speech-Language Pathology filter, then select Language.
- The exercise list in the middle of the page will update as you apply filters. Sort the results by newest, most sent, and more.
- You can further refine these language exercises by selecting one of the sub-categories - Auditory Comprehension, Reading Comprehension, Written Expression, or Verbal Expression.
What kind of programs can I build for patients with aphasia?
We recommend building a program designed to meet your patients where they are. For example,
A clinician can create a program using familiar evidence-driven protocols and meet their patient where they’re at. For example, if you are working with a patient to follow 2-step commands, you can search for “2 step” and find a variety of 2-step command exercises. Example exercises include
- 2-Step Command: Pick Up the Pen, and Draw a Triangle
- 2-Step Command: Hold Up One Finger, Then Tap the Pencil
- 2-Step Command: Wave Hello, Then Show Me the Pencil
MedBridge HEP includes exercises with text commands as well as auditory-only activities, allowing you to grade the program up or down based on your patient's needs. You can grade up and down further by searching for 1-step or 3-step commands.
With these exercises, you can choose from hundreds of aphasia activities to build robust and targeted programs for your patients. With a MedBridge subscription, can use these videos during a session as treatment tools and then assign them for continued practice outside of the therapy session.
Not only can patients build their language skills with exercises, but the MedBridge HEP Builder also includes patient education that helps patients and caretakers develop a foundational understanding of their condition. Education can also help patients learn about the protocols that make up their exercises, such as Semantic Feature Analysis and Melodic Intonation Therapy.
Access the MedBridge HEP Builder by logging into your account.