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Speech and Communication Difficulties

Possible Stroke effects

Stroke Help


Possible Stroke effects

After a Stroke, some people have problems with speech.

If you have had a stroke on the left side of the brain you might have some of these problems:

  • Struggling to find the word you want to say
  • Difficulty putting sentences together
  • Getting speech sounds mixed up
  • Problems understanding the spoken word
  • Problems with reading 
  • Difficulty writing and spelling
  • You might have problems following a conversation
  • Reading might be difficult to follow

These problems are called DYSPHASIA(opens a new window)

Another problem can be caused by weak muscles in the face and throat. This might cause some of the following problems:

  • Slurred or jerky speech
  • Speech fading away
  • Quiet or weak voice

These problems are called  DYSARTHRIA (opens a new window)

People with this difficulty don't usually have trouble with finding the correct word, understanding other people, reading or spelling.


A third speech problem is Right hemisphere syndrome (RHS) which is damage to the right hemisphere as a result of stroke. This can result in difficulties with understanding and use of some more complex areas of language.

For our full presentation highlighting the effects of a Stroke on speech and communication, please click  HERE

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Stroke Help

  • Speech and language Therapists can help you with speaking and understanding.
  • If you have any problems after you have left hospital, ask your practice nurse or doctor about seeing a speech and language therapist.
  • There are volunteer stroke services throughout Glasgow and the surrounding area. These are run by Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland. They can help with speech and understanding difficulties, as well as companionship and support.

Not everyone improves as much as they would like – your speech and language therapist can help you to be realistic about what recovery you can expect.

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