As a Graduate Student, I became fascinated by learning the different types of Aphasia. Understanding the different types provide the building blocks to effective treatment. Listed below are the 7 different types of aphasia:
1. Broca’s aphasia
2. Transcortical motor aphasia
3. Global aphasia
4. Wernicke’s aphasia
5. Transcortical sensory aphasia
6. Anomic aphasia
7. Conduction aphasia
Out of these 7 types of aphasia, they are next broken down by fluency (fluent or non-fluent). Furthermore, by the ability to repeat words and auditory comprehension skills. Personally, that’s when I think it can get confusing. Once we separate the categories by fluency, the remaining aphasias have a lot of common presenting characteristics.
As a graduate student at Adelphi, I created a graph from my notes. Given the complexity of aphasia, understanding and remembering the very distinct characteristics is helpful.
With this in mind, I share it in the hopes that it will help your patients in the future.
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About the Author: Originally from Coral Springs, FL Britney Minutillo, SLP-CCC is a graduate of Penn State University and Adelphi University where she received a Master of Science degree in Communication Disorders: Speech-Language Pathology. Britney joined the team at Language Fundamentals in 2017 in the medical speech pathology field in Skilled Nursing Facilities and subacute rehab centers providing a variety of speech/language, cognitive-communication, and dysphagia evaluations and treatments. She is fluent in American Sign Language.