Communication tools

Communication credit card

Communication credit card. Stroke survivors can use this free, wallet sized card to inform people that they have had a stroke and may need help to communicate.

They can be ordered from our shop.

Communication aids

If you find spoken language difficult, a communication aid helps you express your needs without speech. 

You can buy a communication aid from our online shop. It includes both:

  • ordinary and qwerty alphabets
  • numbers
  • days and months
  • a clock with moveable hands. 

There are also illustrated sections covering basic needs.

Medical Passport

The Medical Passport enables you to discuss your medical needs with your doctor without the need for speech. It contains 34 pages of icons, pictures and words relating to health matters. 

You can order the Medical Passport from our shop.

In April 2015, national aphasia charity, Speakability joined forces with the Stroke Association.

Fast Talk

Fast Talk is a booklet featuring words and pictures to help people with aphasia express themselves in everyday situations. The booklet is ring bound at the top and can easily be used with one hand. Alphabet and number pages are also included. 

You can order the Fast Talk booklet from our shop.

In April 2015, national aphasia charity, Speakability joined forces with the Stroke Association.

Stroke Recovery Passport

This resource will help with explaining:

  • how the stroke has affected you
  • what your goals are
  • about your life
  • how people can help you to recover.

It is suitable for health and social care professionals, friends and family, and anyone you meet. 

Download Stroke Recovery Passport.

Communication Licence

Individual needs are displayed in this one page summary which can be placed in visible places such as the front of their care plan or on the fridge so carers and professionals know how to support the individual. This can also be taken into hospital and kept with their notes or by the bed.

Download Communication Licence.

Picture dictionaries

Like a communication board, a picture dictionary can be a valuable tool if you have communication problems. 

The ICOON wordless picture dictionary was created as a communication aid for people travelling to countries where they're unable to speak the native language. It works well for people with aphasia, who often describe the condition as like being in a foreign country where they can't speak the language and where no one understands them. 

You can download the ICOON wordless dictionary on the iTunes app store.

Other picture-based resources:

Smartphones and tablets as communication tools

Smartphones and tablets can be great communication tools for people with aphasia.

There are a number of apps – both free for paid – that could help you with communication.

In addition to apps, a lot of smartphones and tablets have built-in features that could be useful communication tools such as:

  • the camera, to record information visually
  • notes, to write down reminders
  • maps, to show people where you've been or to find your way somewhere.

The Aphasia Software Finder can help you find the right app for you. When considering software or Apps, the advice of a suitably experienced Speech and Language Therapist is recommended. 

Other communication tools

  • Total Communication - Total communication uses a variety of methods such as gesture, sign, drawing, facial expression and mime. It's based on the idea that any means of communication is valuable as long as it works.
  • Activities that do not rely on speech - If your relative or friend has difficulty speaking, they're likely to find conversation tiring. It may be helpful to spend some time doing things together that don't require much speech.

Angus Igwe won a Life After Stroke Award for art after he lost most of his words following a stroke: 

Life After Stroke Grants

Our Life After Stroke Grants provide a one-off payment of up to £300 to fund vital home or personal equipment, or by funding support to become active in your community. Our grants are means tested to ensure we're helping those most in need.

To apply for a Life After Stroke Grant call our helpline on 0303 3033 100 or email Grants.External@stroke.org.uk including your name and postcode.

Additional support

Our services and groups provide local support to people who have aphasia in many areas.