Communication Problems After Stroke

Sometimes a stroke affects a person’s communication (their ability to speak or to use language). Click here for a written explanation of how stroke can affect communication. Or click on the pictures below to watch some videos.

Karen Brewer, speech-language therapist, explains the communication problems that can be caused by stroke.

Open Door, about aphasia. Filmed in New Zealand.

Attitude TV about stroke. The first person is Mary Brown, a Māori woman with aphasia.

Attitude TV about a young doctor and mother who had a brain bleed that gave her severe nonfluent aphasia and apraxia of speech.

A short video made for children. It explains what happens in the brain when people with aphasia struggle to find the right words to say.