Especially for Caregivers: Communication After Stroke

Updated:May 21,2014

He Can’t Write This

Insightful reminders and ideas from the adult child of a stroke survivor with aphasia.

Supported Conversation 
Speech-Language Pathologist Michael Biel introduces an approach designed to give conversation partners the means to promote successful communication and allow them to engage in adult conversation with individuals who have aphasia. This approach has two main goals: first, to acknowledge the competency of the individual with aphasia; and second, to help reveal that individual’s competency through a combination of simple techniques.

A Basket of Caregivers’ Communication Resources 
Speech language pathologist Ellen Bernstein-Ellis shares a cornucopia of communication techniques that ease the challenges of aphasia.

Being A Communication Partner
A snapshot of a hypothetical conversation between a caregiver and their loved one with aphasia, and tips for being a communication partner for someone with those challenges.

Partners in the Aftermath of Aphasia 
Ron Hoover of Durham, North Carolina had a stroke when he was just 34 years old. It left him with severe aphasia, unable to say a single word of his choosing. He and wife Jane had been married just seven years and had an infant daughter. Though he never recovered his speech, Ron and Jane have created a meaningful and satisfying life over the past 34 years. Jane’s recounting of their story is one of love, loyalty, determination and creativity in living every day with a challenging condition.

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