When people sustain a stroke, they receive rehabilitation services in the hospital. However, when they return to their home, they may benefit from help with one or more of the following:
- Speech pronunciation
- Finding the correct words to say
- Stringing words together into a sentence
Speech language therapy sessions can help with improving these skills, and with trying out strategies to compensate for these difficulties.
Talkative is also involved with leading group communication sessions for the Stroke Foundation. These communication sessions are excellent for having conversations with other people who have sustained a stroke in a safe environment.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Education, exercises and strategies
Many of my clients have sustained a brain injury and I help these people when they have difficulties with cognitive functions such as attention, memory, information processing and executive functioning.
- Education about the problem
- Specific exercises to train the brain
- Strategies to compensate for the problems
- Functional activities to practise the strategies.
This approach works well for most people. They become more aware of their strengths and difficulties; they practise the problem areas and use their strengths to compensate for their weaknesses.
I tend to visit people once a week and provide exercises so that people are engaged in the activities on a regular basis. Overall, this leads to better functioning in everyday life, whether this is at home, in the community, at work or at school.
Do you feel that other people misunderstand what you are saying or ask you to repeat your message? It is possible that your pronunciation is different from the New Zealand English pronunciation.
Speech therapy can help you to modify your accent so that it will be easier for you to make yourself understood.