Stroke & Communication

Stroke often affects the areas of the brain that control language. This causes a language problem called aphasia. Aphasia impacts communication. It can make it difficult for a person to talk, understand words, read, write, or use numbers.

Functions of the two hemispheres of the brain

Communication Skills

A weekly communication group is directed by a Speech-Language Pathologist – Marie Shuman, BA (Hons), MSc., R-SLP( C), #2541 – along with the support of volunteers (many of whom are pursuing a career in speech-language pathology).

Most sessions begin with a warm-up exercise, followed by 1-2 group activities which vary each week. Some activities are focused on everyday tasks, while others are based on member requests/experiences. Previous activities have included a conversation-based card game, show and tell, poetry, word retrieval exercises, story sharing, targeted-practice board games and word-meaning activities. Feedback and ideas are highly encouraged. This group is for YOU!

Each member is provided with communication supports and strategies to enhance their experience. Participants are encouraged to talk as much as possible while they are in this highly supportive environment, and any form of communication is welcomed. Both one-on-one and group conversations take place, and the group is a very positive environment for people with aphasia, volunteers, and the SLP running the session.