Speech Therapy for Stroke Patients

15 Jul, 2022

In Australia, stroke is the third leading cause of death and the most common cause of disability.

This condition affects nearly 50,000 Australians each year, and globally, the figures are hitting epic proportions. Medical experts propose various ways to treat and manage stroke symptoms.

Stroke patients can be treated with medication to dissolve blood clots, reduce cholesterol levels, and restore blood circulation to the brain. Speech Therapy may also be recommended for patients who experience communication problems after a stroke.
Statistically, stroke survivors have over 50 per cent possibility of having one or more speech-language disorders. Fortunately, professional Speech Therapy is available for those who experience communication difficulties after a stroke. Speech-language pathologists can help ischemic stroke patients with speech difficulties.

Understanding stroke

A stroke occurs when blood flow to part of the brain is reduced or interrupted, stopping brain tissues from obtaining nutrients and oxygen. This happens when a blood vessel bursts and bleeding occurs into a section of the brain, causing brain cells to die. Common stroke symptoms may include trouble speaking, paralysis of the face, leg, or arm, headache, difficulty walking, or problem seeing.

Stroke Patient | Gen Physio

When do stroke patients need Speech Therapy?

Stroke affects people differently. The most popular diagnoses that can make a patient seek Speech Therapy following a stroke include:

Aphasia

Aphasia is a language disorder caused by damage to the area of the brain responsible for speech and language. This condition can affect reading, writing, and communication skills.

There are three types of aphasia: receptive aphasia, which involves issues with understanding what’s being said; expressive aphasia, which involves difficulty expressing oneself; and mixed aphasia or global aphasia, which involves the combination of receptive and expressive symptoms.

Dysarthria

Stroke patients may also experience dysarthria, which hinders communication by weakening speech muscles. Dysarthria can result from the damage to multiple brain functions, including the brain stem, basal ganglia, cerebellum, and nerve fibres.

How Speech and Language Therapy can help in stroke rehabilitation

Speech-language pathologists at Gen Physio work side by side with stroke patients throughout the journey of stroke recovery. They help them manage any communication problem they may face following a stroke. To be specific, a speech therapist assesses every aspect of communication that can be affected by stroke, such as:

  • Problems with moving the muscles in a proper sequence to communicate clearly
  • Difficulty speaking; using words to express what they intend to say
  • Difficulty understanding what is being said
  • Reading and writing difficulties
  • Weakness in speech muscles

A Speech Therapist often works with each patient on their communication goals. Speech therapists use various approaches, including online therapy, mobile therapy, and individualised home programs that can be assessed and updated frequently by the therapist.

Gen Physio – Mobile Speech Therapy

Gen Physio is committed to delivering the best Speech Therapy services in Australia. Our services include assessment, creating personalised goals, and providing treatment to improve your language skills. Contact us today for inquiries and learn more about our mobile speech therapy services. 

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