My husband is recovering from a stroke and aphasia. How long will it take to recover? He is so frustrated and confused at times -- is this normal. Would speech therapy help?
Hi Sharon Berlin,
I am sorry to hear about your husband. Unfortunately, there is no way to know how long it will take him to recover, or if he will recover fully or not at all. A speech therapist is an excellent person to work with for aphasia. They can work with your husband to learn to communicate again, even if it is in a different way than he communicated before his stroke. I have seen speech therapists work wonders with aphasic stoke victims. But, I have also seen people not recover at all. Much of it depends on your husband's willingness AND ability to work with the speech therapist. It also depends on the extent of the stroke and how much damage was caused. I strongly encourage your husband to work with a speech therapist. Know that it could take months or years to get back to his baseline prior to the stroke, but it is possible.
Best of luck to you and your husband,
Monica M. Skidmore, MS, RD
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My husband is recovering from his third stroke. Yes speech therapy would help to improve his ability to speak and swallow depending on what part of his brain injury was. It needs to be started as soon as possible after his stroke. My husband benefitedgreatly from it. God bless the both of you in your healing process.