Overcoming Communication Challenges After a Stroke

Understanding the challenges of communicating with someone who has a language disorder is an essential first step in reconnecting with loved ones and friends.

First and foremost, improving the ability to communicate after a stroke is possible. Thanks to a new research in aphasia and advancements in technology, stroke survivors and their caregivers have more options than ever to become better communicators—from professional speech therapy to communication devices and apps. Below are a few resources for caregivers and stroke survivors to overcome communication challenges. Brighter days are ahead!

Helping Caregivers of Stroke Survivors

Every year, almost one million people have a stroke. An equal number of caregivers take on new duties to help their loved ones manage the new world of life after a stroke.

The role of the caregiver during stroke rehabilitation is vital, but it can be demanding and  frustrating. It often seems as if progress is limited or slow. This is normal, and working on new communication techniques as early as possible in the stroke recovery process can have a significant impact on quality of life for the caregiver and his/her loved one.

A speech-language pathologist can help determine the level of communication impairment of a stroke survivor and provide functional tips and techniques on how to improve communications. At Lingraphica, we also have a team of Communication Specialists who can help overcome communication challenges and be another leg of support in the recovery process.

Oftentimes, caregivers find themselves dealing with a “new” loved one—with a different personality, new physical challenges, and impaired communication skills. Learn tips and strategies to manage this new role in our caregiver eBook.

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12 Tips For Successful Communication With Someone Who Has Aphasia

A caregiver or communication partner can implement these 12 tips for a more productive and satisfying exchange with their loved one or friend with aphasia.

How To Better Communicate YOUR Message:

• Use short, simple sentences in a normal tone of voice

• Use gestures and body language to convey your message

• Write down keywords or topics for both to see

• Use pictures or drawings to share an idea, working with one picture/image at a time

• Reduce distractions and external stimulation, including noises, other people, or multiple visual materials

• Look at the person’s facial expressions, eye gaze, body posture, and gestures to determine his/her level of comprehension.

How To Better Understand THEIR Message:

• Ask “yes or no” questions

• When asking a series of “yes or no” questions, start with general ones and work your way to more specific

• Ask one question at a time

• Ask questions that already contain an answer or a choice of answers such as, “Do you want tea or coffee?”

• Ask him/her to gesture, point to objects or pictures, or write keywords, such as “Can you draw/write/show me what you mean?”

• Give him/her adequate time to respond without your interrupting.

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Lingraphica's TalkPath™ Therapy Can Help Rebuild Speech, Language, and Cognitive Skills

Lingraphica's TalkPath Therapy app is a cutting-edge, task-based, online therapy solution that can help users improve their speech through continuous practice with the more than 13,500 language and cognitive exercises available on the platform.

This online speech platform is free and accessible from the TalkPath Therapy app for the iPad or from a desktop or laptop computer.