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Replies: 2 - Pages: [1] - Last reply: 2021-08-07 17:02:32 - By: carole pomilio
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Tammy Tressler

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2021-04-26 00:03:56

My sister(45) recently had a stroke. She understands us but can only say a few words. The words that she can say are not the correct words that she is trying to say. What is the best thing we can do to help as a family. She is still in therapy at this time and will be sent home in a couple of weeks. Here right side was affected by the stroke.

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carole pomilio

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2021-04-26 00:03:56

Dear Tammy,
I am sorry to hear about your sister’s stroke. I am sure it has been difficult for your family especially since your sister is so young. Although this is a bit unusual, approximately 30% of stroke victims are under the age of 50. And her age could possibly be a benefit whereby her progress could be faster and improvements in her ability much greater. I do have a couple of suggestions for you. Attempt to keep your sister in therapy as long as possible. There are many avenues to access treatment. There are hospital, outpatient and private treatment centers as well as university based treatment centers. Some research states that the quicker the stroke victim gets into therapy and the more intense the treatment is the better the prognosis will be. The best place for you to access specific aspects to further your sister’s communication is through your current therapist. She will know the level at which your sister is functioning and what strategies work best for her. Ask the therapist to give you specific activities to work on at home. Also there are organizations that you should look into for information, support and additional ideas such as: the American Stroke Association, the National Aphasia Association and the American Heart Association. This website also contains many valuable resources that could assist you. From these websites you might be able to access a stroke support group which is a very valuable resource for stroke survivors. A stroke support group will allow your sister to practice her current abilities, learn new skills and receive support from her new group of peers. You might want to look for a group that has young stroke survivors so they will have similar issues to discuss. There are also computer programs that you can purchase for additional practice at home. And the most important piece of advice I can give you is to stay positive, congratulate all successful attempts and laugh when possible because it is good for you and will be very important for your sister. Good Luck and let me know if you need any other assistance.
Carole Pomilio, MS., CCC-SLP

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