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.
Conditions Impacting Communication
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.
Read stories of stroke survivors and caregivers sharing their challenges and accomplishments related to communication challenges after their strokes.
Especially for Caregivers
Information specifically for stroke family caregivers to help them cope with communication changes that may affect their loved ones after stroke.
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.
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.