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.
SLTs can facilitate non-verbal communication, for example by providing pictures or photos of key words for clients to point to and show what they want or how they are feeling.
Individuals’ speech and language often shows some spontaneous recovery. Recovery can be further facilitated by targeted and regular SLT intervention.
When patients have communication difficulties, the SLT may also be involved in mental capacity assessment about specific decisions, for example, choosing where to go on discharge from hospital. SLTs can use simple language, choices and pictures to facilitate this.