Category: Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapists play a vital role in the rehabilitation of communication and swallowing difficulties post-stroke.This can include assessment and therapy across the whole stroke pathway If a patient has been admitted to hospital with a suspected or confirmed stroke, many different professionals will be involved.The National Clinical Guidance for Stroke state that stroke […]

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In the early stages of recovery, when a client is alert and well enough, then communication will be assessed by a SLT.   Language difficulties post-stroke are known as aphasia. Both understanding and use of language can be affected, as well as reading and writing. For example, people may no longer be able to understand […]

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Sometimes a stroke can cause difficulty with the process of swallowing, known as dysphagia. The ability to chew food or swallow secretions, food and drink can be affected. If material is not swallowed safely it can be aspirated into the airway causing a severe chest infection known as aspiration pneumonia. This can be very serious […]

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During the patient’s stay in hospital, SLT will continue to be involved for ongoing assessment and therapy of communication as appropriate. An important role for the SLT team is patient and family education about how communication may have been affected by the stroke. SLTs will use accessible information to explain stroke and aphasia to patients. […]

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Discharge from hospital, can be a transitional stage for patients where they’re thinking about improving their S+L but also coming to terms with the impact that communication difficulties might have on their lives. Discussion about the impact of aphasia How life has changed – links to driving and independence. Previous employment and job role, and […]

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Research has shown that aphasia significantly impacts on people’s participation in everyday life. Some people may not be able to express their thoughts and feelings verbally, and this can affect their mood, relationships and ability to carry out everyday tasks. It is known that the rates of depression are high post-stroke and higher in individuals […]

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Janet discusses: -Potential location of SLT when home e.g. rehabilitation hospital/centre, own homes -Work with families including training family members/carers of how to make communication more effective/successful -Useful communication strategies Janet discusses: Improving/restoring speech and language e.g. choosing set of words or phrases, involving repetitive practice at home with family or with computer software/apps.   […]

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  We know that people can continue to make improvements in their speech and language long-term, however it’s around the 6 month mark that the intensive input from SLT often begins to decrease. So it’s around this stage that SLT may encourage patients to take more autonomy and more of a self-management approach with their […]

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