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WITH AFTER STROKE SPEECH PROBLEMS            
 
                               YOU LEARN TO PLAY CHARADES.  .  .  . 
 
After stroke, aphasia speech can be an acquired disorder...a 
result in after stroke speech.    
It's difficulty in producing...and/or...
comprehending the spoken...and/or... written language.  In other
words, the stroke victim, after the stroke, may have speech problems.
Maybe the inability to speak all together, along with being unable to 
read, write, or communicate a thought or idea.  Listening skills
can also be affected.  Aphasia speech, after a stroke can happen
quite suddenly, when that  stroke causes damage (in most people)  
to the left side of the brain.

It has been said that aphasia is one of the most heartbreaking
and devastating disabilities for the survivor and family members.
The stroke survivor is locked-in...within themselves.
It's quite frustrating, at times...most times!  Imagine having a 
piece of tape over your mouth, understanding what is going on
around you and unable to respond.  Of course, there are different
degrees of aphasia and this depends on the severity of the stroke. 

Check out this article and how it explains aphasia:

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/news/articles/2012/09/
28/new-treatments-may-help-restore-speech-lost-to-aphasia


 
EXPRESSIVE APHASIA  

There are different degrees and types of aphasia.  A person may
not be able to speak at all.  Another may only be able to say 
single words like yes, no, hi and bye.  They may say something
and mean something else, for example clock, but they mean door. 
At times, they may put a group of words together, but they have
no meaning at all.  This type of aphasia speech is called "
expressive" aphasia.

Check this article out on losing speech after a stroke, but can sing:

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20101008/Speech-impaired-
after-stroke-but-can-sing.aspx


 

RECEPTIVE APHASIA

Then there is "receptive" aphasia.  This is the inbound
communication.  Maybe you are talking too fast for the stroke
survivor...they
can't comprehend what you are saying.  And then
they may "not understand at all"...like learning a new language. 
It can be extremely frustrating for the survivor and the
caregiver/family member.  You can be in a conversation, feeling
like you're playing charades and understanding each other, thinking 

things are going great...then...all of a sudden, there is this barrier.
It just jumps out at you, with no warning. The original idea, which
you thought was coming across has totally gone down the tubes.
You either start all over or just forget it. It depends on the
moment, and do you both have a high level of tolerance at that
point? Maybe it's best to put it on the back burner for a while. If
you are lucky, both of you...together...decide to continue on with it.
You start over...and over and over again...if needed. Sometimes,
it needs to be put on hold!

If you are having problems with your speech, please join our 
discussion and get some with questions you may have. Mayby you
want to start your own discussion...please, do so! 


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