Aphasia is extremely common following a stroke, often robbing individuals of their language and communication abilities. Most individuals see a significant improvement in speech within the first six months of suffering a stroke. During this time, the brain is healing and repairing itself, so recovery is much quicker.
But for others, the recovery process can be slow and their aphasia may endure for several more months and even years. Many experience periods of little to no change, followed by sudden bursts of improvement.
Unfortunately, it can be difficult to predict exactly how long an individual’s recovery will take. No two individuals with aphasia are the same, thus no two people with aphasia will have the same recovery timeline or outcomes.
Speech recovery is often impacted by the type and severity of aphasia the individual has. This is usually determined by the location and extent of injury to the brain. Thus, it is difficult to know exactly how long the recovery process will take or how much speech will be restored.
There is no cure for aphasia. But, with a combination of hard work, good therapy, and engagement in life activities, people with aphasia can continue to improve their speech and communication skills for many years after their stroke.