Drawing to communicate: a case report of an adult with global aphasia

  • Ward‐Lonergan J
  • Nicholas M
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Treatment for adults with global aphasia has typically involved the use of verbal treatment methods or alternative communication techniques including communication boards, word lists and notebooks. However, many adults with aphasia are unable to communicate verbally and alternative communication techniques can be limited, as a result of the restricted number and type of concepts that can be adequately depicted and expressed. Another viable means of communication for the globally aphasic adult is drawing. However, few individuals with severe aphasia initiate communication through this modality without specific training. In this case report we present several successful treatment methods that were used to train an adult with global aphasia to communicate more effectively through drawing. Several of his drawings are presented to illustrate the results of training in the use of drawing as an alternative means of communication.

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  • communication
  • drawing
  • global aphasia

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  • Jeannene M. Ward‐Lonergan

  • Marjorie Nicholas

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