Stroke patients often suffer from communication challenges called aphasia. Aphasia is complex and there are many potential communication challenges including, but not limited to:
- Trouble speaking – this may be displayed as hesitancy or stuttering, use of words that seem out of context, or the inability to speak at all (mute)
- Trouble finding words – inability to put thoughts into words
- Problems understanding what others say
- Problems with reading, writing, or math
- Inability to process long words and infrequently used words
This is often frustrating for the patient and their care partners. It is important to remember that aphasia is related to the ability to communicate and does not reflect a change in intelligence.
There are several great resources for patients living with aphasia and their care partners: