Stroke can affect the brain in many different ways, and no two stroke patients
face the same recovery. How recovery progresses depends on which part
of the brain was impacted during the stroke. For some patients,
speech therapy in Miami is an important component of recovery. Here is how speech therapy can
help stroke patients get back to their normal activities.
Speech Disorders After Strokes
Speech is commonly affected by
stroke. There are many different speech difficulties that can occur after stroke,
but some of the most common ones are aphasia, dysarthria, and apraxia.
Aphasia is a far-reaching disorder that can cause difficulty with speaking
and understanding spoken words as well trouble with reading and writing.
Dysarthria is a type of motor speech disorder. It can lead to slurred
or mumbled speech, abnormal pitch, and limited mouth and jaw movement.
Apraxia is another motor speech disorder. Apraxia can cause slow speech,
difficulty producing sounds, and errors with inconsistent speech. With
apraxia, people know what words they want to say but they struggle to
force their mouths to form them.
Speech Therapy After Strokes
After a stroke, your care team will determine what types of rehabilitation
are right for your recovery. If you are showing signs of a speech disorder,
then speech therapy may be suggested. Speech therapists work with patients
to help them re-learn language skills, and when necessary, learn new ways
of communicating. The approach your therapist takes depends on the nature
of your speech issue. In some instances, your speech will improve as your
brain heals as well as through therapy. In other cases, such as with aphasia,
speech difficulties may be long-term or permanent, in which case a speech
therapist can help you develop new communication strategies.
At Aventura Hospital and Medical Center, our
Outpatient Rehabilitation Center provides stroke patients with the vital care they need during recovery,
including speech therapy. Our full service hospital also provides a range
of other services, including emergency care, robotic surgery, and orthopedics.
Find out more about our services by calling (786) 347-1316.