Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Communication Difficulties and Treatment for Post-Stroke Survivors.


Written by 
Tushar Shukla of Netechnocrats.ltd.




One in three stroke survivors can experience difficulties in communication. Even after an extended time period of post-stroke, survivors can achieve major breakthroughs in communication with regards to the improvement of quality of life and the quality of their voice. This can be done with the use of intensive and alternative forms of speech therapy. Difficulties that arise due to a stroke affect everyone in different ways.

Here are some major points that you need to know:

After a stroke, you may have difficulty in speaking, it may also be difficult to understand others when they speak.

Reading and writing may be difficult.

Your alternative speech therapist will work with you to develop a rehabilitation program. They can also suggest ways of  how to communicate more easily, and aids that can help. 


Types of voice difficulties post stroke


Aphasia: Difficulty in talking, reading, or understanding other people when they speak. It can happen if your thinking, memory, and judgment are unaffected by a stroke. This can also be called dysphasia.

Apraxia: Difficulty in coordinating with muscles for speech. Your brain has trouble planning the moments, making it difficult to say the words. 

Dystharia: Weakness or paralysis of the muscles used after speaking. Your speech may become slurred or difficult for others to understand. 

Dysphonia: Weakness or paralysis in the muscles in and around the vocal cords. Your voice may sound rough, hoarse or whisper-quiet. There are also chances that you can't make any sound at all. This situation can be known as aphonia.

Cognitive difficulties: When you have difficulties, your memory, thinking, and judgment are affected. It may be difficult to pay attention when people talk to you. You may find difficulties in speaking or understanding any complex sentences. People may misunderstand the message you are trying to convey.


Treatment 


Communication difficulties affect everyone differently. An alternative voice specialist will assess your talking, listening, reading, writing, and understanding. After all these assessments, they will work with you to develop an individualized rehabilitation program to meet your needs and goals. They can suggest you ways to communicate more easily and suggest aids that can assist you. You will be advised on how to work on making sounds and improving the rhythm and speed of your speech as well. 


Recovery 


While most recovery takes place in the first few months, you can continue to improve for few years. After you leave the hospital, you can visit a rehabilitation centre to practice your communication. The more you practice, the more you will improve. 

Communication difficulties after a stroke can make it hard to connect with the people around you, It can be difficult to communicate how you are feeling. Communication difficulties can be isolating and frustrating and people with the above mentioned difficulties are at more risk of depression than other stroke survivors.

With the above described in mind, we at The Royans Institute for Non-Surgical Voice Repair offer a unique and powerful method that facilitates the restoration of the voice by utilizing both proper masterclass voice/vocal instruction and the application of natural herbal remedies. We have great success in non-surgical treatments for post-stroke survivors and many other factors that can cause voice/vocal disorders.

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