How might communication be affected after stroke?

The type of communication problem differs depending on the location and severity of the brain damage. One person may have difficulty producing sounds (i.e., speech), while another is unable to understand or find the words to express ideas (i.e., language). Many stroke survivors have challenges with both speech and language. Ability to read and write are often affected.

What are the typical assessment procedures?

The speech-language pathologist (S-LP) will ask questions (of the client and/or caregiver) to collect information about communication abilities before and after the stroke. The individual will be asked to perform a number of tasks including answering questions, naming, repeating, reading and writing.

Who can be referred?

Anyone who has had a stroke may be referred.

Who can refer?

Inpatients may be referred by members of the multidisciplinary care team. Self-referrals are accepted for outpatients.

Click here to download the NSHSC referral form.

Who should be contacted with the referral?

Referrals and questions may be directed to your local NSHSC site.


Click here to download the NSHSC “Communication Strategies: Directions for Improving Communication after a Stroke” brochure.