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Aphasia is an impairment of language, affecting the production or comprehension of speech and the ability to read or write. The severity can range from very mild to so severe that it is very difficult to communicate with the individual.
If you are the caregiver for someone with aphasia, you may feel like you are playing 20 questions all day trying to guess what your patient needs. You can make life much easier for both of you by creating visual choice boards. Picture This... has over 5000 photos of everyday objects and activities.
For example, you can print out favorite foods and attach them to the refrigerator, or place them in a small photo album. Having a page with basic needs (such as the one shown below) by the bed, will enable a patient to clearly tell you what he needs.