After a rather shaky start, what some confusion over British Summer Time (some didn’t realise our clocks have already sprung forward!) we were finally able to have the aphasia tweetchat at 9pm UK time in the end. (We’re really sorry if you missed the group chat and wanted to participate!) I’m also sorry that aphasia sufferers themselves would find getting involved with a tweetchat on aphasia somewhat difficult. I guess I had family, loved-ones, clinicians, companies, academics and researchers more in mind when devising this tweetchat to learn and contribute to our knowledge pot to better help patients. However, if we offended or prevented patients from contributing directly on this occasion, we sincerely apologise.
It is estimated by @TactusTherapy that there are around £2 million people with aphasia in the USA and The Stroke Association says there are around 367,000 sufferers in the UK.
Aphasia can last one day, one week or where there is a spontaneous recovery or it can be a chronic long term illness.
Aphasic people can use props, draw words or pictures on paper when trying to communicate, get people to speak slowly or stay calm when they are talking. Additionally they can carry a card to let strangers know that you have aphasia and what aphasia means.
1. It appears there is considerable confusion over the medical labels to do with speech and communication issues eg, apraxia versus aphasia.
2. Community support for aphasia sufferers and their loved-ones is very lacking.
3. Evidence-based research into effective aphasia interventions is also lacking due to available funding streams and support priorities. Maybe, we need to be better at demonstrating improvement after certain aphasia interventions? Perhaps, we can learn from the work from the Aphasia Centre Ottawa?
4. Dr Steve Green provided some very practical tips for managing aphasia.
5. We all agreed that we needed more relevant and engaging stroke messages on aphasia and #strokerecovery generally.
6. We have to find better long term advocacy, traditional support with more immediate and accessible online support, especially with the overstretched resources.
7. We must explore more digital interventions in the form of new Apps like the range supplied by Lingraphica that allow for better intensive therapy.
8. Treatments for aphasia include: Constraint Induced Therapy, The therapy technique – Promoting Aphasic Communication Effectiveness, Telemedicine or Telehealth, new and improved Apps and structural and neuroimaging processes which provides knowledge into the neural process. Above all to promote aphasia treatments that are – restorative, strengthening, compensating, facilitating and educational.
9. Tactus Therapy seem to be a good resource to check out!
We had a very enjoyable and productive tweetchat. Thank you. The next one is to be hosted by @StrokeTattler on the subject of ‘assistive technology to help people with their long term daily living needs’. Don’t forget our clocks have gone an hour forward!
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