We understand how daunting it can be to try and have a conversation when you have, or know someone, with a communication difficulty as a result of stroke.
That's why we've developed a range of accessible information and tools - to help people to better understand communication difficulties and support better communication after stroke. These tools can be ordered for, shared, and used with your patients in hospital, at home and in the community to help them to communicate with confidence.
I'm a healthcare professional who works in a hospital
Healthcare professionals tell us communicating well with people who have a communication difficulty, as a result of a stroke, is a key challenge.
That's why we have developed a Communication Picture Book: Hospital which you can order for free. It has been designed specifically to be used in hospitals. You can use it with your patients to help them to communicate well with you, and their family members, in the early days after their stroke.
Using the pictures and icons in the book, your patients can express their wants and needs and be involved in decision making. You can also use the Communication Picture Book to confirm you have understood what they are telling you too.
We know people feel more in control when they can make their own decisions and communicate their thoughts and feelings. This can help ease your patient's anxieties and frustrations at such a difficult time.
Please order a free Communication Picture Book: Hospital for your patients. You can use it with your patients to help them to communicate with confidence.
You can view a digital copy online or download a PDF:
Your patients may find our range of accessible information and communication tools useful. The tools below have been developed to be used at home and in the community.
You can also order a Personal Stroke Record for your hospital patients.
I'm a healthcare professional who works in the community
Our Communication Support Pack is full of essential accessible information and communication tools to help support stroke survivors with communication difficulties once they leave hospital.
The information can answer important questions people have about aphasia and other communication problems. There are practical tips too plus a communication card your patients can show to others, to help them better understand what they are experiencing and how they can help.
The accessible information and communication tools can give people the understanding and confidence to have good conversations, learn new ways to connect and rebuild their lives after stroke.
The pack is also available to order in Welsh in our online shop.
Our communication tools have been created with people with aphasia and other communication difficulties, as well as healthcare professionals. They are easy-to-read and accessible.
Our Communication Support Pack includes:
This guide is for people who know someone who has a communication difficulty, as a result of a stroke. It can help people gain new skills, improve communication, and have good conversations.
This guide is for people with aphasia. It contains information which can help people to understand more about when you have a stroke and how to move forwards.
This guide is for people with aphasia. It explains what aphasia is and provides practical information and tips on how to communicate well.
This is for those with moderate, to severe, communication difficulties. This book can help people with communication difficulties to communicate well at home and in the community. The pictures and icons cover a wide range of everyday topics. Allowing people to use pictures and icons to tell people about themselves, how they are feeling and to let others know what they want and need.
Stroke survivors with aphasia can use this wallet-sized card to let people know they have had a stroke and may need help to communicate.
Click on 'Communication support tools - Welsh language' or the '+' sign to view and download communication support tools in the Welsh language.