A stroke can affect different . If part that manages communication is damaged, your may have problems with communication.
Damage to the brain’s communication centers is very common after a stroke, affecting almost one-third of .
If your is a , it’s best to be prepared for what may arise, and know how to best communicate with them to understand their needs. Understanding how to best communicate with a could add to their and help them .
In this article, we’ll cover to look out for after one suffers a stroke. We will also detail how your can recover from after a stroke, as well as vital communication tips to practice with them.
By the end of this article, you will have a better understanding of how your ’s can be resolved .
can be challenging and The three your may have after a stroke include , , and of speech (AOS).
Let’s review each a stroke can cause in more detail.
Over thirty percent of suffer from ; a language disorder resulting from damage to the brain cells. is characterized by and understanding what other people are saying.
Those suffering from often eliminate the words “and” and “the” from their vocabulary, and speak in a very deliberate manner. If you know someone with , you can help them recover their speech by including them in conversations, being patient while they speak, and encouraging more communication.
is a disorder that causes slurred or slowed speech due to facial muscle and/or mouth weakness on the right side of the face after a stroke. It is a relatively common disorder among , but through language and , partial, and even full recovery, is possible.
The signs of include nasal-sounding or hoarse voice tones, irregular speaking rhythms, and difficulty with lip and tongue movements. Aside from , you can assist those with by making eye contact with them when they talk, allowing them to make vocabulary mistakes, and reducing background noises and distractions.
A disorder, of speech is known for making the speech patterns of inconsistent and incorrect. In essence, the brain knows what it wants to say but is unable to properly communicate the words.
The symptoms of AOS are easy to recognize, as they typically include errors in tone, rhythm, and stress when speaking.
A to recover from AOS is often a long process and in most cases, full recovery is never achieved. and one-on-one talk therapy have been shown to help, however, only to a limited degree.
With time, it is possible for to improve, though it's highly individual. You may notice occurring for months or years down the line.
support from a can help improve their speech and regain much of their ability to read and write.
can help regain independence around , self-care, and mobility.
In addition, your 's healthcare provider may recommend compensation strategies, including electronic devices, , or other aids, to help with communication.
Communicating with your after their stroke is crucial, as it can help them recover their speaking abilities. Several techniques have proven useful when communicating with and they include the following:
Show patience and allow them more time to process information.
Turn off distractions, including the television or radio, while you talk to each other.
Speak slowly using your normal speaking volume and simple sentences.
Try pointing at items or pictures - there are communication cards and that can help make this easier
Provide a whiteboard and dry erase marker to communicate via drawing or writing
Avoid rushing your to answer and resist answering questions for them, as this will help them gain confidence in their speaking abilities.
For , a voice amplifier can make your ’s speech louder
Consider helping your
make video calls rather than phone calls. Video calling may be easier to navigate for a with speech problems than phone calls are.
can be challenging for .
Ask questions as you communicate with your 's health care team so that you can better navigate the recovery process and discuss treatment options. As a , you will play an important role in your 's rehabilitation.
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A Nurse Director at a large medical center in Boston, MA, who holds a Master’s in Nursing Leadership and Administration and an MBA in Healthcare Management.
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