Stroke rehabilitation is something that can never be accomplished by a single professional. Some of the most important professionals in the rehabilitation of stroke patients are neurologists, general practitioners, physiotherapists(PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), social workers and nurses. In places where rehabilitation services are not widely offered, like Malawi, PTs take a leading role and they are expected to fill the gaps of the other rehabilitation specialists. Physiotherapy management is not aimed at healing the stroke, it is aimed at aiding the patient to regain their functional abilities that were lost.
This is a problem with language. Aphasia may be in the form of:
This is also called expressive aphasia. You may be able to speak comprehensible words but in short sentences.
This is sometimes called fluent aphasia. In this type of aphasia, you may be able to speak but what you say doesn't make sense. Usually people with Wernicke's aphasia get frustrated when people don't understand them since they don't know that what they are saying is wrong.
This is a serious communication problem. You may not be able to speak, read or write at all.
Sometimes you may fail to read because you are not able to recognize the letters and this is called alexia / visual aphasia or word blindness.
When you are failing to write it is called agraphia.
This is when one fails to control muscles of the face, mouth and throat to allow normal speaking. It doesn't affect your understaning or the ability to form words but to speak them. Dysarthria affect people differently: others can speak with little difficulties that they are understood very well while others can't speak comprehensible words at all.
This is an inability to move muscles of the face, mouth or throat in the order that it required to speak. There may be normal movement in the muscles but the order of movement is a problem and it makes the words spoken difficult to understand. Apraxia is a problem in planning muscles movement sequence not the movement itself.
Signs of Apraxia
It is hard to tell which one is apraxia or other forms of speech problems. Some of the signs of apraxia include:
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