We’re about restoring conversations…
If you have had a stroke or brain injury, you may be experiencing the frustration of communication difficulties.
You want an approach focused on getting you back to the things you enjoy. This means that therapy needs to be relevant to the things you want to do. We use a client focused approach which means that all therapy we do is personalised and meaningful to you.
This can include practising texts or writing emails, reading and understanding newspaper articles, speaking on the phone, reading a story to grandchildren or ordering a coffee at a cafe.
While recovery after stroke or brain injury is more rapid in the first 6 months, you can continue to improve for many years which means ongoing therapy can be helpful.
We are also able to support you and your family adjust to the changes you are experiencing. You may be feeling very frustrated and isolated. Our therapists can support you in many ways- we understand that communication changes can reduce your confidence and impact your relationships with your loved ones.
How does a stroke or brain injury affect you?
- Think of words you want to say
- Plan what you want to say
- Spell words
- Read and understand words- whether that be a text or a whole book.
- Follow conversations and understand instructions
- Use a computer, count money or write an email.
- Speak clearly and be understood
- Use a loud, clear voice
- Use expression in your voice and not run out of breath
- Be understood over the telephone
- Say individual sounds
- Remember what you have heard
- Have a conversation without losing your train of thought
- Remember what you are reading or writing
- Remember phone numbers, people’s names, places
- Remember details in messages.
This is an area of Speech Pathology which we have a strong interest in. We can provide specialised assessment and treatment, and work in conjunction with neurologists to provide comprehensive services that can start soon after diagnosis.
Various language and speech difficulties arise from Primary Progressive Aphasia, but with treatment tailored to suit your individual needs, functional improvement is possible.