Why do they happen?
What kind of communication problems do people have?
- Aphasia affects your ability to speak and understand what others say. It can also affect your ability to read and write. It happens when you’re no longer able to understand or use language. Aphasia is a common problem after stroke and around a third of stroke survivors have it.
- Dysarthria happens when you’re not able to control the muscles in your face, mouth and throat very well, so it's diffcult to speak clearly. This can mean that your speech becomes slurred or slow or that your voice sounds quiet.
- Apraxia of speech is when you can’t move the muscles in your face, mouth or throat in the order you need to when you’re speaking. This can make it difficult for other people to understand you.
Will they get better?
Are there treatments that can help?
Find out more
If you have communication problems you can:
- take a look at our aphasia and communication section
- search to see if we run communication support services in your area
- or take a look at the communication aids in our shop.
If you’re a friend or family member of someone who has had a stroke, our leaflet Helping someone with communication problems offers information and tips to help you. You can also find out more about one stroke survivor's experience of life with aphasia by watching this video.
If you’re looking for more detailed information, take a look at our Complete guide to communication problems after stroke.