Managing Speech and Language Problems After a Stroke
Some people have speech and language problems after a
stroke. These problems may involve any or all aspects
of language use, such as speaking, reading, writing, and understanding the
spoken word. Speech and language problems (aphasia) usually occur when a stroke
affects the right side of the body. Trouble communicating can be very
frustrating. When you talk to someone who has had a stroke, be patient,
understanding, and supportive.
The following are tips for helping
someone who has speech and language problems:
After a stroke, you probably have a lot of questions and concerns about how -- and even if -- you will recover. When will you be able to move your arms? Is your independent life gone forever?
It's difficult to predict to what degree someone will recover after a stroke, says Randie M. Black-Schaffer, MD. Schaffer is medical director of the Stroke Program at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston. "How quickly a patient recovers in the first few weeks," she says, "can give us an indication of...