Common Therapies for Stroke Rehabilitation

Teletherapy, stroke rehab, aphasia, speech therapy
 

By Rachel Robinson, M.S. CCC-SLP, founder + president

Every May we are called to recognize Stroke Awareness Month alongside Better Hearing + Speech Month. It’s quite fitting as both topics help us pause and remember the importance of healthy communication overall.

For those who have suffered a stroke, improving communication is just one aspect of regaining independence. As such, there are many therapy programs that lend to healthy rehabilitation including both speech and occupational therapy. 

 

According to the National Stroke Association (NSA), “The long-term goal of rehabilitation is to improve function so that the stroke survivor can become as independent as possible.”

 

Top therapies for stroke rehabilitation 

Speech Therapy  

Close to 75% of all strokes result in aphasia.  

Aphasia is the loss of expressive and/or receptive language skills. Speech Therapy can help stroke victims regain language functioning and can additionally teach skills that enable alternative means of communication. 

 

Occupational Therapy

8/10 stroke victims struggle with balance, spatial recognition, grasping, and muscle fatigue.

In addition to helping stroke patients retain information and improve concentration, occupational therapists help by: 

  • providing strategies to overcome daily living challenges.

  • recommending adaptations to living spaces to suit individual needs.

  • teaching coping skills to overcome challenges, ultimately encouraging routine and independence.


Mental Health Counseling 

49% of men and 36% of women experience depression post-stroke.

Additionally, many stroke survivors report increased anxiety. Licensed therapists can help manage anxious feelings as well as counsel stroke patients through their depression. 

 

Every patient has unique needs post-stroke, so it’s important to find a program that can be individualized and flexible. As we continue through May I encourage us all to find space to become more aware of stroke rehabilitation. Through education, we can become more aware, leading to healthier communication overall.