Ted Baxter, Award-winning author and stroke/aphasia survivor, explains the importance of alternative communication using gestures that helped him through his experience after his massive ischemic stroke in April 2005.
Gestures are non-verbal ways of interacting using signals and hand movements. When words fail to communicate, gestures can help, especially for people with language disorders such as impairments in oral fluency, comprehension, repetition, naming, reading, or writing. According to research, using gestures in speech therapy is more effective than initially believed.
“A great strategy to improve communication with someone with aphasia is using gestures. Gestures don’t require any special equipment or training; they are free and always available,” explains Baxter.