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Tips for Recovering Communication Skills


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The cerebral cortex is the largest part of the brain. The cerebral cortex is divided into two sides. The right side controls emotion, mental cognition, and spatial awareness. In contrast, the left side controls emotion and expressive language skills like talking and listening. After suffering a stroke, a person may experience behavioral changes. Based on the severity of the stroke and the location of the brain injury, it may become more challenging to communicate with a stroke survivor. Here are some helpful tips that may make it easier to communicate with a stroke survivor. 

Right-brain stroke survivor

A person who has suffered a right-sided brain stroke may have difficulty processing visual and verbal information. They may experience a shortened attention span and short-term memory loss.

To best communicate with a right-sided stroke survivor, make sure to keep a safe environment. Secure potentially dangerous items like knives and chemicals in a safe place.

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Offer help and encourage stroke survivors to accept help when they need it.

Be sensitive to the stroke survivor’s visual or sensory deficiencies. Avoid too much visual or auditory stimulation.

A calm and quiet environment can help a stroke survivor focus on a given task.

Minimalize clutter to help prevent injuries that may result from an inability to determine depth or distance.  

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Left-brain stroke survivor

A left-brain stroke survivor may experience difficulty communicating and paralysis. Receptive abilities and expressive abilities may 

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