Douglas has had a left hemisphere stroke resulting in two different types of communication difficulties – aphasia and dysarthria.

Aphasia is a disorder of language affecting understanding, expression, reading and writing. Dysarthria is a disorder of speech production caused by changes to muscle function. This can cause slurred, quiet or imprecise speech. In the UK a third of people who have a stroke will experience aphasia and 35% will experience persisting dysarthria.

Douglas’ communication difficulties are a disability and have the potential to impact significantly on everyday activities. In this scenario we will illustrate three different situations where Douglas’ communication difficulties impact on his daily life …

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