Gestural Facilitation of Naming (GES)

Gestural Facilitation of Naming (GES) is a treatment for aphasia that focuses on improving word retrieval.

GES uses gestures to help someone with aphasia recall words. These gestures are specifically trained to be linked with specific words. Research has shown that action and language are very closely linked in the brain. Although someone with aphasia might have trouble with word finding, they have intact brain pathways for actions.

The goal of GES is to use those intact pathways for actions to elicit production of language. This is a trained treatment approach in which a pantomime-style gesture is trained while paired with verbal production of a word.

An added bonus of this treatment technique is that the gesture itself usually has a meaning. The gesture provides communication in the moment and also improves word retrieval in the long run.

This therapy technique is most frequently used with people Broca’s aphasia. It can be useful for any aphasia where word-finding problems exist but the person with aphasia is able to understand the gesture training.

The Most Common Aphasia Treatments

AAC Device Therapy

Conversational Coaching

Life Participation Approach

Multiple Oral Reading

PACE Therapy

Response Elaboration Training

Semantic Feature Analysis Treatment

Supported Communication Intervention (SCI)

Supported Reading Comprehension

Treatment of Underlying Forms (UTF)

Visual Action Therapy

Constraint-Induced Language Therapy

Gestural Faciliation of Naming (GES)

Melodic Intonation Therapy

Oral Reading for Language in Aphasia (ORLA)

Reciprocal Scaffolding Treatment (RST)

Script Training

Sentence Production Program for Aphasia

Supported Conversation for Adults with Aphasia (SCA™)

Tele-Rehabilitation for Aphasia

Verb Network Strengthening Treatment (VNeST)

Word Retrieval Cuing Strategies