Communication

Stroke may affect communication in a number of ways — from paralysis in the lips, face and tongue causing slurred speech to various degrees of aphasia and more. 

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Making the Best Decisions at Discharge After Stroke

The type of rehabilitation and support systems a survivor receives at discharge can strongly influence health outcomes and recovery. In this, the first part of a two-part series on stroke rehab, we offer guidance for the decision-making process required when it’s time to leave the hospital.

Caring for a Survivor with Aphasia

Mary and Reed Harris have been partners in Reed’s stroke recovery for nearly ten years. Personal relationships rely on communication so Reed’s global aphasia was met with more than a few challenges. They share their story, tips and advice to others for living with the effects of aphasia day-to-day.

Tips for Communicating: Different Types of Aphasia After Stroke

Speech language pathologist Beth Crawford offers practical tips for families living with different forms of post-stroke aphasia.

Speechless No More!

For Phyllis Weiss, a 65-year-old survivor from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, each sound she painstakingly — but patiently — forms is a triumph. In her quiet, halting delivery is an underlying strength and vitality. Qualities that carried her through an entire year of silence.

Expressing Creativity Through Music After Stroke

Music lights up the whole brain, “like the sky during a fireworks display,” said Kyle Wilhelm, MA, MTBC in the Music Therapy Services department of West Music. This seems to bring delight as many survivors experience firsthand.

Cruisin' Together

Getting back to traveling can give families dealing with stroke a fresh perspective by going with others who share similar challenges. While traveling post-stroke can be challenging, going with a group can offer “a safe place to explore new boundaries for both the caregiver and the survivor,” said cruiser Laura Latham.

How New Technology Supports Speech-Language Therapy

Now, more than ever technology is becoming an integral part of speech-language therapy. And because of limitations to insurance coverage for speech therapy, its importance is likely to increase.

Determined to Make a New Normal

I’ve learned that every person’s journey is different. When I realized that my recovery was not going to happen overnight, I cried myself to sleep for a month. After that, I was determined to make a "new normal."

Surviving with Positive Attitude

My wife Charlene's stroke left her paralyzed on her right side and severely speech impaired; she's essentially non-verbal due to aphasia.

Talking Tech

Technology expands communication opportunities for people with aphasia.

Living with Global Aphasia

The ability to communicate using a shared code is irreplaceable in the human life. Global aphasia is more than a loss of speech.

The Impact of Hearing Loss on Stroke Survivors

When a person with aphasia also has some degree of hearing loss, it can make it look like he or she has more severe aphasia than they actually do.

Expanding Comfort Zones

Helping others get comfortable with communication changes after stroke.

Sound Advice

Understanding and compensating for auditory overload.

Making Life Bigger than Aphasia

At some point during their recovery, stroke survivors and caregivers realize that the world doesn’t reshape itself to fit their needs. Aphasia may have to be worked around, despite the best efforts of survivors and speech-language pathologists.

Early Brain Stimulation After Stroke

Non-invasive brain stimulation may help stroke survivors recover speech and language function, according to research in the American Heart Association, journal Stroke.

Dad Finds A Friend

It took five years after his stroke before Doris' father met another survivor with aphasia.
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Have a Therapeutic Summer!

For stroke survivors, outdoor sports provide opportunities to challenge yourself both physically and mentally due to an unpredictable and changing environment. Meeting new challenges can be empowering to a survivor.

Reader Alert — Be Aware of Fake Online Pharmacies

Online pharmacies can be an easy and affordable way to stay on track with your prescription medicines. But it’s important to be a savvy consumer because fake online pharmacies are a growing problem.

New online directory collects reviews of stroke rehab

A new, non-biased website dedicated to assisting patients, families and health professionals with identifying appropriate neuro-rehab solutions and resources has recently launched.

Blood Pressure Demands the 3 C’s: Check. Change. Control.

When it comes to blood pressure, what you don’t know can definitely hurt you. Many of the 80 million American adults who have it don’t know they have it.

Expanding Comfort Zones

Helping others get comfortable with communication changes after stroke.
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Articles, poems and art submitted by stroke survivors and their loved ones.

Life Is Why

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Everyday Survival

Practical tips and advice for day-to day living after stroke.

Life At The Curb

A unique perspective on survival by comedian and stroke survivor John Kawie.

Simple Cooking

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Support Showcase

Our new department highlighting the good work being done by stroke support groups from around the nation. If you are part of a successful support group we should consider featuring, let us know!