Advice to People with Aphasia

This segment contains wonderful advice that was developed by a former client at The Aphasia Center as a homework assignment. Mr. Middlebrook has Wernicke’s aphasia, which makes it difficult for him to communicate effectively. With Wernicke’s aphasia, speech has a normal rhythm, but words may be nonsense or not go together. With a Ph.D. in Biblical Studies, Mr. Middlebrook is a passionate gentleman and inspirational author. The aphasia affects his ability to give sermons, teach, interact with his family, and participate in his favorite ministry outreach projects. We are honored that Mr. and Mrs. Middlebrook have allowed us to share his wisdom with others. He and his wife, Mollie, worked together to put his idea into words.

You can see more about him at Please share this with your family with aphasia.

 Advice to People with Aphasia
From a Family with Aphasia, Charlie and Mollie Middlebrook

  • Keep as positive as possible because it is very difficult. Keep going.
  • Keep trying as long as possible.
  • Believe you are capable. An obvious thing it is so difficult and yet you must work.
  • Keep working step-by-step forward. One might quit trying because it is so discouraging.
  • Do physical exercise. You will improve your overall health, including speech. And rest. Get plenty of rest.
  • In part, be useful to other people—including spouse and therapists. Let others help.
  • Get therapy from all people who know. Get therapy early and keep getting it even at home, too. Require people with aphasia to work hard.
  • It is so important to have people in your life that make you work. Without help from others, I wouldn’t have gotten this far.
  • Turn this tragedy into an opportunity.

As you can see, Mr. Middlebrook is a fighter and is inspired to help others with aphasia. His advice is encouraging and hopeful, and provides a solid platform on which to base your recovery. If you have faith in your progress, work and push yourself hard towards your goals, seek and accept help from others, and have a willingness to look forward instead of into the past, you can beat aphasia. The most important person in recovery is you and your attitude. For a PDF of this advice, click  Advice to People with Aphasia.


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About Dr. Bartels

Dr. Bartels is the owner of The Aphasia Center Intensive Aphasia Programs. She helps families with aphasia through communication training, personalized treatment plans and customized home programs.