People with aphasia often find:
- Social activities for people can be challenging.
- Conversations with friends can be tricky.
- Reading and writing can be difficult.
- You know what you think and feel
- Make your own decisions
- You are still an intelligent person
- It is possible to live a good life with aphasia
Support and inspiration from others is important too.
Emily’s inspirational words after her stroke at 24 years of age.
Other helpful tips for people with aphasia:
- Say one thing at a time.
- Take time to talk.
- Drawings and photos can help.
- Write down key words.
- Talking can be frustrating so relax.
- Try audiobooks – from the library.
- Find quiet corners for conversation.
- Turn off distracting televisions or radios.
- Have a go on an iPhone for photos, maps or diary dates.
- Discuss with your speech and language therapist, your friends and family.
- Use an “Emergency Aphasia Card” for some communication situations.
Remember to keep active too.
Follow Emily’s exercise videos on Instagram. Here’s a taster of the exercises!
For more help see Aphasia on The Stroke Association website