After a brain injury, many people have difficulties with speaking, listening or being aware of other people’s non-verbal communication. These difficulties can include problems with talking and writing; or with understanding what they are reading, or what someone is saying (ie. difficulties in absorbing and processing information). Some people also find it difficult to have a conversation in a group and may get restless, or not realise that they are interrupting other people. Of course, this can lead to problems and means that their family, work colleagues, and friends may need to show them patience and understanding.
- Not being able to recognize words that they used to know
- Needing things to be repeated several times
- Having difficulty when someone speaks quickly or tells them a lot of information in one go.
- Not paying attention in conversations
- Not understanding fully what someone is saying
- Not being able to follow instructions
- Misunderstanding jokes, sarcasm, or taking what someone says literally.
- Difficulty “finding” the word they want to say, or using the wrong word altogether.
- Getting the order of the words in a sentence mixed up.
- Repeating the same thing over and over (this is known as “perseveration”).
- Answering only “yes” or “no” when someone asks them a question.
- Poor spelling and difficulty in learning new words.
- Trouble with writing full sentences.
A Speech and Language Therapist may be able to assist by helping to strengthen muscles, to increase movement of the mouth and tongue, with breathing exercises, and by slowing down speech. Some people find that equipment, such as a voice synthesizer, may be a way for them to communicate when they are not able to use their own voice.
In a word, these problems are known as dysphasia or aphasia (see
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