With expressive aphasia you may speak with slurred speech after
stroke, or you may not speak at all. You'll find there are many
speech tools to help you with your after stroke speech problems.
When your insurance runs out . . . which it will . . . you'll find out
that you are on your own. You'll want to find as many free
speech tools as you possibly can. They are out there! There are
also, many other speech aids and tools available for speech
problems after a stroke.
From speaking with other stroke survivors, I learned that the
stroke survivor shouldn't be told what to do and when to do it.
They must be allowed to do it in THEIR own time. Not in your
time, as the caregiver or family member.
If the stroke survivor is unable to speak, think about how
frustrated, angry, sad and maybe even a feeling of hopelessness
they must feel.
In the beginning . . . being new to this . . . not being told about
free tools that were available and instead being told there was
nothing more that could be done, I learned about some of them
on my own through the research I was doing. From day 1, I
talked to my son constantly.
I believe that talking to my son is a great tool and it was the first
tool I used. After all, speaking is talking, so what better tool is
there to help with his communication. It made sense to me.
I would and still do talk, talk and talk more. I will talk about
anything. I could see then and can see now that he listens.
Sometimes he would raise his left arm and shrug his shoulders.
He would want me to stop or he might want to add to the
conversation. Whatever it was, I would respect his wishes. Of
course, if he wanted to add to the conversation it would take a
while . . . a long while sometimes.
When he first had his stroke, he couldn't talk at all. He couldn't
remember words. We were told he wouldn't talk. Today he says
not just words, but phrases. Sometimes they make sense and
sometimes they don't, but there is a definite improvement with his
speech and he's come a long way. Television, radio, and the
computer are great free tools.
There are times I tell him, you are alive . . . you are not dead . . . do
not give up and I'm telling all of you out there, DON'T GIVE UP! If
you do, your going to be beaten. Keep stroking forward and talk
as much as you can, even if it doesn't come out right. And
listen . . . listen to what everybody says. Listen to tv! Listen to the
radio! Listen to music! You may not understand it all, but
something may click and you'll respond. You'll start remember-
ing words. You'll start to speak!
If you are able to read and write, please join us on Facebook. Ask
questions. If you need somebody to help you with it . . . let them!
You'll learn a lot, make friends, and be able to stay on top of
stroke related news.
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