Stroke Recovery Speech and Communication Guide
The Challenges of Stroke Recovery
Understanding Stroke Rehabilitation: Glossary of Terms
- Aphasia – a language disorder caused by stroke or brain damage that affects an individual’s ability to use or understand language.
- Aspiration – a swallowing problem that may allow food or liquid to enter the windpipe. This can cause complications in stroke patients.
- Dysphagia – a condition that makes it difficult to swallow food or liquids safely due to neural control or weakness of muscles in the throat and mouth.
- Expressive Aphasia – a type of aphasia that affects a person’s ability to produce speech.
- Ischemic Stroke – occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is obstructed by a clot.
- Apraxia of Speech – a motor speech disorder that affects the ability of the brain to send messages to the mouth muscles to speak.
- Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) – communication devices, systems and tools that can be used to replace or support speech.
- Dysarthria – a motor speech disorder that causes weakness in the mouth muscles, which can cause speech trouble.
- Hemorrhagic Stroke – occurs when a weakened blood vessel ruptures in the brain.
- Receptive Aphasia – a type of aphasia that affects a person’s ability to understand spoken language.
Stroke Recovery Resources for Survivors and Families
Stroke Recovery Speech Exercises
How Family Members Can Support Stroke Survivors
Further Reading on Stroke Recovery
- Aphasia – ASHA
- Apraxia of Speech in Adults – ASHA
- Dysarthria – ASHA
- HOPE: The Stroke Recovery Guide (PDF, 1.5 MB)
- How to Better Communicate with Stroke Patients
- Information for AAC Users – ASHA
- Life After Stroke Guides & Resources – American Stroke Foundation
- Stroke – CDC
- What is Aphasia? – American Stroke Association