Solution Name: Improving Language Skills
A stroke can cause problems with communicating if there is damage to the parts of the brain responsible for language. These functions are controlled by the left side of the brain in most individuals Strokes can also cause communication problems if muscles in the face, tongue or throat are affected.
Aphasia is the loss of ability to understand or express speech, caused by brain damage (stroke, TBI)
How to Stimulate Language After a Stroke
Talk about things the individual enjoys as family, friends, hobbies - go through family photo albums.
Use any visuals that may be of assistance.
Try SINGING! Sing, or even begin by humming some favorite songs together. Even simple songs such as Happy Birthday". Research has shown that music that is mostly stored in the right side of the brain, stimulates the damaged left side of the brain after a stroke
Talk about things that are important as feelings, responsibilities, problems, finances
Watch game shows that use language or math
Play board games that stimulate language for example Cranium, Pictionary, Mystery Garden Game, Brain Quest, Apples to Apples, Scattergories, Scrabble. If a game is too hard, use the easier questions, take away the timer, or buy the Junior version.
Continue or begin a hobby
Involve the person in family decision-making as much as possible.
Give the person time to talk. Don't speak for him/her.
Simplify sentence structure and reduce own rate of speech.
Use natural gestures to help the person with aphasia understand you.
Communicate through touch if needed
Acknowledge and verbalize the frustration your loved one feels at not being able to communicate effectively. (Source ASHA)
Description: Cranium, Pictionary, Mystery Garden, Brain Quest, Apples to Apples, Scattegories, Scrabble