Communication problems

If a stroke has damaged the parts of the brain responsible for language there can be problems with communicating.

Stroke can also cause communication problems if muscles in the face, tongue or throat are affected.

If you have trouble communicating, you are not alone. About a third of stroke survivors have some difficulty with speaking or understanding what others say.

The main conditions through which a stroke can affect communication are:

  • aphasia
  • dysarthria, and
  • dyspraxia

Aphasia can affect how you speak, your ability to understand what is being said, and your reading or writing skills.

Dysarthria happens when a stroke causes weakness of the muscles you use to speak. If you have dysarthria, your voice may sound different and you may have difficulty speaking clearly.

Dyspraxia of speech happens when you cannot move muscles in the correct order and sequence to make the sounds needed for clear speech. You may not be able to pronounce words clearly.

You'll receive a full assessment of your difficulties from a speech and language therapist, who will establish your personal needs and priorities for communciation and your goals for therapy. Your progress will be monitored and support will be offered for as long as therapy is beneficial.

Communication Problems after Stroke by Stroke Association

Read our publications:
Communication problems after stroke
The road to recovery
The Road to Recovery - Welsh

Useful links
Aphasia Help
Aphasia Now
The Tavistock Trust