Speech After Stroke-Treating Aphasia

Speech After Stroke-Treating Aphasia

Frank Sullivan is one of almost 5 million stroke survivors in the U.S.

“I’ve had a stroke, this June here locally.”

He lives with a common after effect, called aphasia.

“I have a very hard time with my speech and how fast I can talk.”

“Aphasia is neurological disorder and it damages the part of the brain that controls speech and language,” says Mary Jo Haughey, a speech pathologist with Lee Memorial Health System.

It takes several forms, from understanding language to finding the right words.

“Expressive is what we’re doing right now. I’m talking to you so I’m using my words, I’m putting them together. The receptive is, if I was talking to you and you didn’t understand,” says Haughey.

Speech therapy helps fill in the voids by recreating the building blocks of communication, step by step.

“We’ll start out with maybe simple tasks like having them identify pictures, name the pictures. I’ll say the word have them repeat it and then go to more complex tasks of having them identify the function or form of the object,” says Haughey.

It requires practice and patience.

“We want to build that language, expand that language. Imitate sentences of increasing length and complexity,” says Haughey.

Frank has been working with a therapist for months.

“I’m hoping at some point I’ll be back to speaking the way I normally do.”

It’s best to start immediately following a stroke but patients can improve their word power years later.

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  1. bristolguy100 on December 31, 2020 at 9:50 pm

    I found singing helpful for me . Nobody cant tell I lost my speech when I had my stroke

  2. Daniela Jackson on December 31, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    My husband had a stroke, and was having disappointing recovery. I was able to research brain plasticity and so many topics on this site, and I desperately wanted to find something he could use to stimulate the neurons in the brain, but he couldn’t use so many of the things, because of a brain stent. he still was having problem with drop foot and kept falling, but from all the research I did, i found a comment of a stroke patient testifying of how Dr. Adebola helped her recover from stroke completely, after disability of 2 years. With his roots and herbs healing power. So i also contacted Dr. Adebola via email address, and he gave us some instructions and also courier some roots and herbs (herbal medicine) via TRANSWORLD COURIER COMPANY. With a manual for assumption, which we followed accordingly. And today is the 9th day of assumption. And my husband is already walking. Please let’s help anyone around us, going through this suffering. You can also contact Dr. Adebola via email address: dradebola@dr.com, dr.adebola12@yahoo.com Thanks for reading.

  3. Aseefa on December 31, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    SLP or speech-language Pathologist will be useful in assessing a person’s speech defects.
    The Pathologist will find out the levels of difficulty and how severe it is. Then the person can choose for speech and language therapy and get the best treatment on his Speech Difficulty.
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  4. Zahur Ahmad on December 31, 2020 at 9:55 pm

    My father got brain stroke in this year can you gave me please tough excise . He is speak little bit .but some words we don’t understand please gave me some tips for him.

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  6. Sharla Seidel on December 31, 2020 at 10:07 pm

    This video does a great job explaining some of the many benefits for seniors who engage in speech therapy. In researching the subject, I also found the information in this article helpful in identifying the conditions that might prompt speech therapy for seniors: https://www.ngcare.com/archives/speech-therapy-right-for-senior/

  7. Patrick Lange on December 31, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    I was born with Aphasia and it sucks! My speech has always been bad!

  8. Marilou Castro on December 31, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    After a stroke, we will start the patient’s brain regeneration process in 7-14 days. International Institute of Quantum Genetics.

  9. Kat Allen on December 31, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    My mom suffered from a stroke a week ago today and my life will forever be changed. She can’t feel the left side of her body and is now starting to say a few words. I feel like I lost my mom even though she’s still here. I feel homesick. I can’t wait for the day she can speak to me and her grand babies again and hold them

  10. Ideas from Iqra on December 31, 2020 at 10:33 pm

    Plz pray for my father😣😣😣

  11. wotan237 on December 31, 2020 at 10:35 pm

    my mom just had a stroke,,,,she cannot talk at all…we are all so sad….

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  13. pirmansyah 2000 on December 31, 2020 at 10:39 pm

    its me, and fucking hards to cure it

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