Suffering from a stroke is scary enough, but the impairments that may result
from a stroke can be just as frightening. Aphasia is one of the most common
language disorders caused by strokes and includes difficulty speaking,
reading, writing or understanding speech.
Saint Francis Healthcare’s Stroke Rehabilitation team assists with
stroke recovery including speech language therapy for people with aphasia.
The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations
in the U.S., has recognized Saint Francis for our efforts in attaining
and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart
attack, heart failure and stroke.
Saint Francis speech language pathologists (SLPs) treat and help patients
with aphasia to improve communication skills following a stroke. SLPs
design your treatment based on the type of aphasia you have and assesses
your ability to do the following:
There are different types of aphasia and your treatment will depend on
what type you have. Expressive aphasia is difficulty finding the right
words to say. Receptive aphasia is trouble making sense of printed words
or what someone else is saying. Anomic or amnesia aphasia is when the
person has trouble finding the right word for objects, people, places
or events. The most severe type, global aphasia, is when there is significant
damage to the brain and the person cannot read, write, speak or understand speech.
Your SLP will work with you to improve your communication skills and may
do one or more of the following during your treatment:
Retrain you to retrieve words
Work on initiating and holding conversations with others
Role play communication situations in the community and at home such as
talking on the telephone or ordering a meal in a restaurant
Use augmentative or alternative communication such as gestures, pencil
and paper, picture communication boards or programs on laptops or tablets
that generate speech or written communication
Speech language pathologists are available at Saint Francis Hospital or
through our Home Care program, which provides adaptive tools and teaches
the patient and family how to adjust to lifestyle changes. A Saint Francis
SLP can help you relearn speech, writing or how to use alternative methods
Call us today at 302.421.4828 for more information on stroke rehabilitation,
speech therapy or Home Care services.