Communication Challenges After Stroke

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After a stroke, many people face communication challenges. Some people have trouble speaking. Some have difficulty understanding words spoken by others. Reading, writing and math skills may also be affected.

Most stroke survivors can improve their ability to communicate, but no one can tell you how much improvement to expect. The fastest improvement usually happens in the weeks and months right after the stroke. Between six months and a year, progress may slow down. But with ongoing effort, improvement may continue for years, though typically at a slower pace.

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Learn more about aphasia, dysarthria, apraxia and other conditions that may affect a stroke survivor’s ability to communicate verbally, read or write.

Maximizing Communication Recovery & Independence

Find tips and advice for improving and managing the conditions that may affect communication after stroke.

Personal Stories
Read stories of stroke survivors and caregivers sharing their challenges and accomplishments related to communication challenges after their strokes.

Especially for Caregivers
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Information specifically for stroke family caregivers to help them cope with communication changes that may affect their loved ones after stroke.

Additional Resources
Helpful links to other organizations with useful information regarding stroke’s effects on communcation.

To request an information packet about stroke, visit our stroke information request.

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Read our article, Expanding Comfort Zones in the Fall 2012 issue of Stroke Connection Magazine, then download the great tip sheet developed for us by The American Speech Language and Hearing Association, Communication After Stroke: Understanding How Stroke Affects Language & Speech. Highlight the information in the sheet that is specific to your, or your loved one's experience to help friends and family understand, expand their comfort zones and be available to support and enjoy your relationships. 

This content was last reviewed on 03/18/2013.


Stroke Connection: Survivor in the Senate

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Your Spring issue of Stroke Connection features the story of Senator Mark Kirk’s stroke and the recovery journey that put him back on Capitol Hill. Also in this issue: Uncommon causes of stroke and survivors who’ve had them; A mother’s stroke sets the course for her 10-year-old’s life; and much more!  

Find Support

Seeking support from others who've experienced stroke can be a huge benefit to recovery. Stroke groups afford the opportunity to share feelings, ideas and resources.  Find a group in your area.