This is another tip in our series of one-minute videos aimed at delivering quick ideas you can use to make your life a little easier if you have aphasia. Things are a little different for Aphasia Awareness Month. All of our videos this month are one-minute actions you can take to practice speech from home. In fact, this was one of our One Aphasia Action tips from this past spring.
In this tip, we encourage you to talk to yourself.
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Talk to Yourself
Even if there’s someone else around… talk to yourself. Seriously, YOU are the best company you have right now, and you’re certain to have an intelligent conversation because you’re brilliant.
All kidding aside, talking to yourself is important because it’s a form of silent rehearsal.
Aphasia may cause trouble in getting out thoughts, so talking to yourself is practice for finding the right words.
Spend ten minutes talking to yourself today. (Don’t worry, we’re not going to ask you to also provide yourself with answers.) Spend the time describing something you are seeing or doing, talk about how you are feeling, or recount what you did yesterday.
Begin by silently thinking the words. Next, move your lips along with the words in your head. You can try speaking them, or if you’re having trouble getting out the words, you can sing your thoughts. Anything goes when you’re chatting with yourself.
This is just one thing you can do to practice speech from the comfort of your own home.
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