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A stroke can affect parts of the brain that lead to problems in communication.
Communication after stroke
- After stroke a person may have problems:
- Talking or speaking clearly
- Understanding others talking
- Understanding and using body language and gestures
- Thinking clearly
- Concentrating or remembering
These problems can cause frustration, isolation and depression.
Recovery after a stroke is often slow. Knowing how much recovery will occur is difficult. Most recovery occurs in the first six months but can continue for years.
If communicating is hard:
- Get speech therapy early
- Get as much speech therapy as you can
- Practise as much as possible
- How a speech pathologist can help
When communication is hard it can be frustrating or even devastating. If you find communication hard, a speech pathologist can help. They can assess, treat and advise you about your problems. They will help you find a way to communicate as best you can.
For more about help with communication after stroke click here or call Stroke line 1800 787 653